By Cynthia Scott
The Board of Regents has one of the most challenging and complex public responsibilities in Minnesota: the governance of one of the state’s oldest and most important institutions, with a budget of more than $1 billion; 63,000 students on five campuses; and nearly 27,000 employees. To carry out such critical responsibilities, regents serve six-year terms without pay, typically meeting every other month to deliberate and decide on matters as wide ranging as approving the budget to the inauguration or termination of degree programs. The board is ultimately responsible for clarifying the mission of the University and ensuring that it has the funding, programming, and personnel necessary to carry it out.
The Board approves a schedule of its meetings for the coming year every June. Meetings are open to the public unless declared nonpublic as provided in state statute. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the boardroom on the 6th floor of the McNamara Alumni Center. Board meetings are livestreamed on the regents website at regents.umn. edu. Agendas, minutes, policies, contact information for individual regents, and other information can be found there as well.