Board of Regents Application Information


To Apply

Click here for the Regent Application.

For a list of current Regents, click here.


The 12-member Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Minnesota. A joint convention of the Minnesota legislature elects one Regent from each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts and four from the state at large. One of the four at-large Regents must be a University student at the time of election. Regents serve without pay for six-year terms. Terms are staggered, with one-third of the seats up for election every two years. Regents typically serve a maximum of two terms.

Regent Candidate Advisory Council Process

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) is established in law to identify, recruit and recommend qualified candidates. The RCAC will interview several candidates and recommend a minimum of two candidates and maximum of four candidates for each position. The candidates are forwarded to a joint legislative committee of senators and representative by January 15, 2017. The joint legislative committee reviews all nominations but may also nominate and consider a candidate that has not been recommended by the RCAC.

A joint legislative committee may recommend no more than one candidate for each board vacancy to the joint convention of the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House. Regents are elected at a joint convention of the House and Senate.

2016 - 2017 Timeline

December 6, 2016 at 4 p.m. – Deadline to submit signed and completed applications to the RCAC.

December 9, 2016 – RCAC meets to review applications and select candidates to interview.

January 4-6, 2017 – RCAC interviews candidates and considers final recommendations to the Joint Legislative Committee

January 6, 2017 – RCAC voting for final candidates to recommend to Joint Legislative Committee

January 15, 2017 – Statutory deadline to submit Recommendations and Criteria Report to the Joint Legislative Committee

Late January or early February – University of Minnesota Alumni Association will host a candidate forum.

Position Vacancies

  • 2nd Congressional District Position: Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District extends across the southern Twin Cities metro area. This district includes the counties of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott, and Wabasha. Parts of Rice and Washington counties are also included.
  • 3rd Congressional District Position: Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District covers many of Hennepin County's suburbs and parts of Carver and Anoka Counties.
  • 8th Congressional District Position: Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District covers most of northeastern Minnesota and the Arrowhead. This district includes the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, Wadena, and part of Beltrami.
  • At Large position: Any Minnesotan can apply for this Regent position. There are no geographic restrictions.

To Apply

Click here for the Regent Application.

Additional Information

For more information about the Regent selection process and application materials, contact the Regent Candidate Advisory Council. This 24-person group manages the application and screening process and advises the legislature on Regent candidates.


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