Austen Macalus


On renaming, regents pursue own historical research

After a University task force recommended renaming four buildings on campus, some members of the Board of Regents went to local archives to do their own research. However, several historians familiar with contextualizing higher education archives and assessing the actions of historic figures see the regents’ approach to this historical debate as insufficient. 

Longtime Regent Cohen set to depart from board

Linda Cohen has served on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for the past 12 years, a tenure marked by a term as board chair, steadfast support for education and, above all else, abiding love for the University.

Where do the regents stand on renaming buildings?

Despite endorsements from top administrators, student leaders and a task force of experts, the ultimate decision to rename buildings on the University of Minnesota campus rests with the Board of Regents. But as discussion on renaming has ramped up, the regents appear split on the issue. A burgeoning rift could prolong the board’s final decision and, possibly, stymie renaming efforts completely.