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University of Minnesota Board of Regents announces 2013-15 committee assignments

July 11, 2013

Regent Richard Beeson, chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, has appointed committee chairs and finalized committee assignments for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

The committees include:

Oversees the University’s system of risk assessment and internal controls, audits, financial reporting practices and the institutional compliance program.
Chair: Regent Laura Brod
Vice Chair: Regent Patricia Simmons
Members: Regents Clyde Allen, Peggy Lucas and Abdul Omari

Academic and Student Affairs
Advises on academic priorities and the teaching, research and outreach missions of the University.
Chair: Regent Simmons
Vice Chair: Regent Linda Cohen
Members: Regents Tom Devine, David Larson, Lucas and Omari

Facilities and Operations
Oversees the University’s physical assets (e.g., land, buildings, infrastructure and equipment) and operations.
Chair: Regent Allen
Vice Chair: Regent Devine
Members: Regents Vice Chair Dean Johnson and Regents Cohen, Lucas and Omari

Faculty and Staff Affairs
Advises the administration on faculty and staff and compensation, benefits, recruitment, development, retention and other issues related to employee engagement.
Chair: Regent John Frobenius
Vice Chair: Regent David McMillan
Members: Regents Beeson, Brod, Larson and Simmons

Oversees the fiscal stability and long-term economic health of the University.
Chair: Regent McMillan
Vice Chair: Regent Frobenius
Committee members: Regents Allen, Beeson, Brod and Johnson

Litigation Review
Reviews litigation matters and obtains legal advice regarding specific University actions and their legal consequences.
Chair: Regent Larson
Vice Chair: Regent Beeson
Member: Regent McMillan

Special Study Committee on Academic Health
This is a new two-year committee intended to build knowledge among Regents related to academic medicine, including related research, while also ensuring adequate Board oversight of these areas.
Chair: Regent Cohen
Vice Chair: Regent Johnson
Members: Regents Beeson, Devine, Frobenius and McMillan.

Committees provide recommendations for action by the Board; provide governance oversight on topics within the committee’s purview; review and make recommendations on relevant new and existing Board policies; receive reports on policy-related issues affecting University departments and units; receive information items; and review other items placed on the agenda by the Board chair in consultation with the president and the Board vice chair.

For more information and a list of specific committee duties and responsibilities, visit

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