The Minnesota State Legislature recently elected Randy Simonson (Ph.D. ’81) to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, representing the First Congressional District Regent position, which was previously held by Patricia Simmons.
A scientist, manager, and business owner, Regent Simonson holds a Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology from the University of Minnesota. His career has centered on the global animal health business for 30 years, and he has worked closely with the University of Minnesota, including serving on several U of M committees, advisory boards, curriculum reviews, and committees governing scholarship funds.
Regent Simonson completed his undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, before attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Research Award in Recognition of Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Veterinary Medicine from the U of M. Regent Simonson currently serves as the director of Prairie Holdings Group and the CEO of Cambridge Technologies, both based in Worthington, Minnesota. He is a Life Member of the Alumni Association.
The Alumni Association, which serves and engages more than 477,000 graduates, has a vested interest in ensuring that the Board of Regents, the University’s governing body, is composed of highly qualified, mission-driven leaders who are committed to the long-term success of our world-class university.
To support the Minnesota Legislature in filling the First Congressional District Regent position, the Alumni Association hosted a Regent Candidate Forum in April and assisted lawmakers with learning more about each of the five applicants (the Alumni Association does not endorse any candidate for Regent). The Board of Regents is composed of twelve members who are elected by the legislature from each of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and four from the state at large. The Board meets monthly (except for January and August), and its policies provide the framework and direction for the administration of the University.