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Fourteen Candidates for Four Regent Slots

U of M alum, Jenna Ross, has been writing up a storm on the U:

From the Strib:

...representing the FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, are:

Blanton Bessinger, a physician and the vice president of medical affairs and director of child advocacy and policy at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. He also has been president of the Minnesota Medical Association.

Anita Pampusch of Lilydale, a former president of the College of St. Catherine and former president of the Bush Foundation, both in St. Paul. She is also a Lilydale City Council member and University of Notre Dame trustee.

James Miller of Mendota Heights, the longtime executive director of the League of Minnesota Cities in St. Paul, where he has also served as president. He's also a former Minnetonka city manager and former board member of the National League of Cities.

Richard Beeson of St. Paul, president and CEO of Park Midway Bank in St. Paul and chair of the Central Corridor Partnership. He has also served as chair of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the St. Paul River Centre Authority.

By seat, the applicants for the other three spots are:

FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Incumbent Patricia Simmons of Rochester, a physician and professor of pediatrics at Mayo Clinic and the Board of Regent's current chair. She faces:

Randy Simonson of Worthington is general manager and chief operating officer of Newport Laboratories Inc. and director of its parent corporation, the Prairie Holdings Group, a group of 11 Worthington businesses.

Bruce Beatty of New Ulm, a Nicollet County commissioner and graduate of the U's College of Veterinary Medicine

Clifford Vrieze of Trimont, a longtime corn and soybean farmer, board member on the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council and former community college instructor.

SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Incumbent John Frobenius of St. Cloud was elected to the Board of Regents in 2003 and is a retired hospital administrator. He faces:

Kathryn Roberts of Stillwater, president and CEO of Shoreview-based Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing, services and development company and former executive director of the Minnesota Zoo.

Kjell Bergh of Stillwater, chairman and CEO of Borton Volvo Inc. in Minneapolis and former trustee of Macalester College in St. Paul and of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Incumbent Clyde Allen Jr. of Moorhead was elected to the Board of Regents in 2003. Now retired, he has worked as treasurer and vice president for business affairs for Concordia College in Moorhead, among other things. He faces:

Anne Rasmusson, an attorney and partner of a Crookston-based law firm, vice chair of RiverView Health and chair of the Polk County Development Achievement Center

Gary Lee of Fertile, president of Lee Nursery Inc. and director of the Minnesota State High School League.

The Regents serve a very important function at the U. Let's hope that new blood and the exit of one long-time Regent who has been a very strong supporter of OurLeader will lead to some changes in direction. The current regents are very earnest and hardworking people who truly have the best interests of the University at heart. Unfortunately, I don't believe that they are always playing with a full deck as far as the information they are given by some of our administrators.

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