Kevin Beckman


For some regent members, Fleck coaching costs cause unease

In the next five years, new Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck could rake in $18 million, generating concern among some University of Minnesota regents. The compensation — making Fleck the highest paid state employee — makes a few on the Board of Regents uneasy. But even some regents comfortable with the cost complain the level of authority the board has over employment contracts is unclear.

University of Minnesota Board of Regents finalists narrowed to 12

a seat on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has been narrowed to 12 after three days of interviews. The 12 finalists, which include three current regents, the CEO of General Mills, a former Gophers and Green Bay Packers football player and a Twin Cities radiologist, among others, are competing to fill four seats on the board.

UMPD officer charged with misdemeanor assault

A University of Minnesota police officer was charged with misdemeanor assault Thursday after allegedly grabbing a woman by the throat during an altercation following a traffic incident in St.

Advisory committee to interview 17 Regent candidate finalists

After narrowing the pool from 35 to 17 candidates, the Regent Candidate Advisory Council will interview applicants next month for the four vacant seats on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. Four of the 12 seats on the Board of regents are open for election every two years, with the winner serving a six-year term. Incumbent Regents Darrin Rosha, David McMillan and Thomas Devine are up for re-election in Minnesota’s third, eighth and at-large districts, respectively.

University to relocate cancer research operations

Following a decision to demolish the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cancer Research Center and the Masonic Memorial Building, University officials are planning to move the buildings’ operations to a new location.

University may change the way it lobbies for state funding

With control of both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature shifting to Republicans, the University of Minnesota may have to change the way it lobbies the state for funds. Legislators have expressed mixed views about the University’s prospects for state lobbying next session.

With 70 acres of land, U plans housing, retail development

As the University of Minnesota prepares for major building development on the school’s East Bank, officials are creating a plan to completely change the face of an area called East Gateway District. Representatives from the University’s Office of Capital Planning and Project Management presented a detailed plan of the school’s vision for the area to members of the University’s Board of Regents Thursday.

Ombudsman for Mental Health implements oversight of Psych Department drug trials

Participants in psychiatric drug trials at the University of Minnesota that have complaints now have a direct line to the state ombudsman for mental health and developmental disabilities. A law passed last year authorizes the state’s ombudsman to monitor individuals enrolled in clinical drug trials in the University’s Department of Psychiatry, which was marred by the death of a clinical trial participant more than a decade ago.