University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will evaluate whether it is a conflict of interest for Steve Sviggum to continue serving on the board after taking a job with Minnesota Senate Republicans.

Sviggum, elected to the regents last year, will be the GOP caucus' new executive assistant and communications chief.

"It is the board's duty to evaluate whether Regent Sviggum's new employment at the Legislature could present a conflict of interest with his obligations as a regent," Linda Cohen, chair of the Board of Regents, said in a statement. "The board will carefully consider this situation under the terms of its code of ethics and determine what steps are necessary to take ..."

Sviggum faced a similar situation before. Last year, the board launched a conflict-of-interest inquiry into his roles as a regent and a paid fellow at the U's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In April, he resigned the Humphrey job.

Sviggum said Tuesday night that he wasn't aware of the U's evaluation, but didn't believe he had any conflict of interest. "I'm not a decisionmaker at the Capitol, I'm not an elected official and I'm not a university employee," he said.

JENNA ROSS