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It is imperative that the Legislature uses the independent services of the legislative auditor, who has always demonstrated a keen understanding of government management and will tell it like it is.
3. The governor should take the lead in bringing together some of Minnesota’s best leaders to develop a new approach for creating a competent and visionary Board of Regents, chosen on the basis of competence and not politics. Leadership at that level is vital. Surely we can give the taxpayers a board as capable as the ones serving our private colleges. Using members of the Itasca Project may well be the place to start.
The final responsibility lies with us, the taxpayers. We love the university; we value its mission of quality education and research, and we have personally benefited from its services. It is our university, and we want it be the best it can be, and we want it available and affordable for our children. But we must insist on reform, and on an administrative culture of efficiency and public service.
Arne H. Carlson was governor of Minnesota from 1991-99.
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