This morning's story took a broad look at the candidates being interviewed in January for the University of Minnesota's governing board.
Here's the full list, by seat, plus details:
Allen Anderson, former VP at CHS, Inc. and board member of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council; Steven Hunter, current regent and secretary/treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO; Robert Kennedy, president of the University of Maine; Gordon Bailey, chairman of Bailey Nurseries, Inc., and former regent of St. John's University
SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRCT
Laura Brod, a Republican state representative from New Prague; Steve Sviggum, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner and former Speaker of the House; Kelly Smith, superintendent of Belle Plaine Public Schools; Robert Vogel, CEO of New Market Bank; Thomas Devine, executive of the David Agency, Inc., and Leon Westbrock, former executive vice president for CHS, Inc.
THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
David Larson, current regent and executive VP at Cargill, Inc., Dr. Roby Thompson, Jr., associate dean in the School of Medicine, professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Norman Rickeman, board member of The Blake School and the Minneapolis Foundation
EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
William Burns, attorney and former College of St. Scholastica trustee; Robert Ostlund, former superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools; George Goldfarb, chief operating officer of Maurices, Inc., and board member of UMD's Labovitz School of Business; David McMillan, senior VP at Allete and past chair of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors; Scott Lyons, former Duluth chief of police and coordinator for the law enforcement program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
A few notes:
Robert Kennedy is a Minnesota native who lives in Maine, where he's president of the University of Maine. He lists his permanent address as Baxter, Minn. A legislative staffer said he plans to move back to Minnesota in late winter.
It's not a typo: Both Anderson and Westbrock have ties to CHS, Inc. One of the regents stepping aside, Dallas Bohnsack, has the farmer experience. Perhaps these two are hoping keep that perspective on the board.
Interviews are in January. Stay tuned.