Committee To Investigate New U Of M Regent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special committee of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is set to meet twice this week to determine if former House Speaker Steve Sviggum has a conflict of interest serving at a regent.

Sviggum is also a lecturer in the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Among other things, the regents set the budget for university.

Regents Chairman Clyde Allen, Vice Chair Linda Cohen and Regent Patricia Simmons are set to meet Tuesday to get organized then meet again Thursday afternoon to make a determination.

Sviggum was sworn in earlier this month.

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  • Sam I am

    The only reason they are investigating is because Steve is a Republican and the other Regents are Democrats. Every Regent should be investigated for conflict of interest or is it just because he is a Republican.

    • Walker

      No other regent is on faculty. It is the governors job to figure out conflicts of interest. I guess it was to hard for the REPUBLICAN governor to figure out that a member of his own party had a conflict of interest.

      • Walker

        my bad, it was the republican representatives who get to select regents,. They also selected Laura Brod, a republican, two others have been donors to the republican party.

    • jimmy

      The only reason Sviggum is being investigated is because he is a crook.

    • Pickwick

      Nonsense. Lots of Republicans among the Regents. Right off the top of my head I can name tow: Laura Brod and Dean Johnson. The U isn’t investigating them, because they don’t have a conflict of interest. This isn’t about political flavor. Sviggum should have recused himself from the get go.

  • Andtew

    I think its pretty clear in the article why he is being investigated.

  • ralph

    Can’t have anyone with some common sense serving as a regent…now can we?

  • Bruce

    The whole board of regents stinks. Politics–Hard to believe the selection committee cannot find more qualified citizens around the state other than past legislators–cronyizm!

  • Get Real

    How is this any different than teachers serving in the legislature voting on teacher’s contracts? No one seems to have a problem with that.

  • Padrick


    Yeah, we’d hate having people on the Board who actually understand how to work with the legislature which provides almost a Billion dollars to the U… what a short sighted way of thinking you have The legislature does not trust the Board of Regents so it should not be a surprise that the UofM always gets cut. The Board needs some shaking up because they have been “yes men” for too long… maybe a few more legislators can help change the way that place works. I have no problem with it.

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