ST. PAUL – Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) has been appointed by Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum to serve on the University of Minnesota Regent Nomination and Election Board.
“Bud’s commitment to higher education is strong, and he understands the importance of the Board of Regents in our higher education system,” Sviggum said.
According to state law, the governor must submit to the nomination board a list of people to consider for appointment to the Board of Regents. The governor must inform the nomination board how each candidate meets the needs of the Board of Regents.
The nomination board is comprised of 20 legislators – 10 of which are chosen from the House of Representatives and 10 of which are selected from the Senate. An equal number of members from the majority and minority party must be appointed from each house. As chairman of the House’s Higher Education Committee, Nornes is automatically appointed.
The nomination board meets each odd-numbered year -- or at a date agreed to by both the House and Senate -- to consider the governor’s nominees for possible presentation to a joint convention of the Legislature. The nomination board may only recommend the governor’s nominees and cannot select candidates outside of the governor’s list.
The 12-member Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Minnesota. The Legislature elects one regent from each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts and four from the state at large.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to this board,” Nornes said. “The Board of Regents plays a vital role at the U of M, and it’s our responsibility to select the most appropriate people to serve both our students and our state.”