Responsibilities of the Board and Individual Regents
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy
Adopted: February 10, 1989
Amended: October 10, 2003
Subd. 1. Responsibilities of the Board of Regents. Responsibilities of the Board of Regents (Board) include the following:
- Clarify the mission of the University of Minnesota (University) and approve programs necessary to fulfill that mission.
- Monitor and evaluate the performance of the institution in achieving its goals and fulfilling its mission.
- Appoint, monitor, advise, motivate, support, evaluate, and, if necessary or advisable, replace the president.
- Approve major policies, long-range plans, educational programs, and annual budgets, while clearly delegating administrative responsibilities.
- Accept fiduciary responsibility for the long-term welfare of the University.
- Ensure adequate resources—human, financial, physical—and effective management of those resources
- Preserve institutional autonomy, recognizing that the preservation of autonomy requires accountability.
- Foster collaboration with other educational systems and institutions, consistent with the University's mission.
- Serve as a court of appeals when appropriate.
- Enhance the public image of the University.
- Regularly evaluate the Board's performance and strive to improve it.
- Ensure that the University remains an equal opportunity institution.
Subd. 2. Individual Regent Responsibilities. Responsibilities of individual members of the Board include the following:
- To support the mission of the University.
- To maintain loyalty to the entire institution rather than to any part of the University or constituency within it.
- To maintain the highest ethical standards, abiding by Board policies with respect to ethics and conflicts of interest.
- To seek to be fully informed about the University and its role in the state and in higher education and to be responsive to the changing environments that affect it.
- To speak forthrightly at Board meetings and to support Board decisions when determined.
- To understand that the Board's role is policy making rather than involvement in administration or management.
- To strengthen and sustain the president while being an active, energetic, and probing Board member who exercises critical judgment on policy matters.
- To communicate promptly to the president any significant concern or complaint for administrative disposition.
- To defend the autonomy and independence of the University.
- To represent all the people of Minnesota and no particular interest, community, or constituency.
- To enhance the public image of the University and the Board.
- To recognize that authority rests only with the Board as a whole and not in its individual members.
- To recognize that the president is the primary spokesperson for the University, and the chair of the Board is the only other person authorized to speak for the Board.
- To foster openness and trust among members of the Board, the administration, the faculty, the students, state government, and the public.
- To maintain respect for the opinions of Board colleagues and a proper restraint in criticism of colleagues and officers.
- To recognize that no Board member shall make any request or demand for action that violates the written policies, rules, or regulations of the Board or the University.