Board ratifies membership and charge of Presidential Search Advisory Committee

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This week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents ratified the membership and charge of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The committee, made up of 23 individuals from across the University community, is charged with recommending 3–4 lead candidates for University president for the Board’s consideration.

"We are excited about the 23 faculty, students, alumni, staff, Regents and community members who have agreed to serve the University through their time and effort on this committee, I am grateful for the service of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee,” said Board Chair David McMillan. “They are accomplished individuals who have deep and varied connections to the University and state. Their work will be critical in our search for a president that is the best fit for the University at this time in our history. I'm also grateful to Regent Abdul Omari for his exceptional commitment to lead this committee along with Regents Peggy Lucas and Steve Sviggum. The time and effort they will all give to this effort is much appreciated."

The committee commences its work by hosting listening sessions at each of the University’s campuses, gathering input on the qualities needed in the University’s next president. Guided by this feedback, along with the core leadership criteria outlined by the Board, the committee is expected to build a position description, then screen and interview candidates before making recommendations to the Board. 

For more information on the presidential search, including full committee membership and brief biographies visit president-search.umn.edu.

The Board also:

  • Approved the appointment of Michael Goh, Ph.D. as vice president for equity and diversity. Goh has served as interim vice president for equity and diversity since October 2017.
  • Introduced new members of University leadership: Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation at U of M Rochester and John Hoffman, vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs U of M Crookston.
  • Discussed next steps in the University’s systemwide strategic planning process, focusing on four systemwide strategic priorities for the coming year: University system enrollment, research that addresses Minnesota’s needs, optimizing University systemwide marketing and communications, enhancing clinical partnerships in medicine and health, and optimizing resource use across the system.
  • Approved tenured hires for faculty across the University, and approved a promotion to Professor emerita with tenure for Marilyn “Susie” Nanney. Dr. Nanney died on June 15, 2018 and her promotion to professor was in process at the time of her death. She was an accomplished researcher who dedicated her career to improving the health and nutrition of underserved populations, particularly children.

The Board will meet next on October 11–12, 2018. Visit the Board of Regents website for more information.

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09/14/2018