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Statement by Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen about release of legal opinions in Regent Steve Sviggum conflict of interest matter

February 29, 2012

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Below is a statement from Board of Regents Chair Linda Cohen about the release of legal opinions in the conflict of interest matter regarding Regent Steve Sviggum:

"On Feb. 10, I announced that I would seek two opinions on a conflict of interest question regarding Regent Steve Sviggum, one from our general counsel, Mark Rotenberg, and another from John Stout, who is outside the university and an expert in corporate governance. I have received and reviewed these two opinions. Because I believe it is vital for the public to fully understand the issues involved, I have decided to make the opinions public.
"The process being undertaken by the Board of Regents is governed by our Code of Ethics, and will be conducted in a deliberative manner with integrity to advance the university’s best interests. Each member of the board is committed to use our best informed judgment to arrive at an appropriate decision in this matter." 

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