Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Accepting Applications: University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Do you you love the Golden Gophers? Respect that the U of M is one of the largest land grant institutions in the nation? Consider educational institutions and access to education part of what has made Minnesota so great? This opportunity may be for you:
Applications Sought for University of Minnesota Board of Regents

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) is currently accepting applications for four positions on the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. The 24-member RCAC was created in 1988 by the Minnesota State Legislature and is responsible for recruiting, screening and recommending Regent candidates to the Legislature for election to the Board. From the pool of applicants, the RCAC will invite selected candidates for public interviews in early January of 2011, and then will submit to a Joint Legislative Committee the names of two to four candidates for each open Regent position. The Joint Committee, in turn, makes recommendations of candidates for final approval by a Joint Convention of the Legislature. The Joint Convention will then elect regents to fill the vacancies.

Regents are unpaid volunteers. They serve six-year, staggered terms. Four of the twelve Regent seats are open for election every two years. The four seats open in 2011 include one each for residents of Minnesota’s second congressional district, third congressional district and eighth congressional district as well as one at-large seat. Current Regents in these positions are Dallas Bohnsack, David Larson, Anthony Baraga, and Steven Hunter, respectively. All four incumbents are eligible for reelection, although the RCAC has been advised by Regent Dallas Bohnsack (representing the second congressional district) and Regent Anthony Baraga (representing the eighth congressional district) that they will not be seeking re-election to the Board, having already served two six-year terms.

According to RCAC Chair Jane Belau, ideal candidates will have a deep interest in higher education and an understanding of the role of the University of Minnesota as a major land grant and research institution. They will have experience in governing large complex institutions, a strong sense of fairness, good listening skills and an awareness of the importance of the education mission in challenging economic times. Being a Regent is a time-consuming assignment; current Regents estimate that, on average, they spend about 40 hours per month in Regent tasks with time commitments varying according to personal work style and on the number of optional tasks undertaken by individual Regents.

Application materials are available on the RCAC website at: http://www.blogger.com/www.rcac.leg.mn. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request an application packet by contacting Sally Olson, of the Legislative Coordinating Commission, at 651-296-9002.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 8, 2010 Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on November 8th.

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