Officers & Committees

Board of Regents officers consist of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President of the University also serves as ex officio president of the Board.

The Board Chair appoints Regents to the committees. Board committees make recommendations for action by the Board. Committee responsibilities and charges are codified in Board of Regents Policy: Board Operations and Agenda Guidelines.


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Current officers

Following are the officers from July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025: 

  • Chair – Regent Janie Mayeron
  • Co-Vice Chair – Doug Huebsch
  • Co-Vice Chair – Mike Kenyanya
  • Secretary – Brian Steeves, Executive Director of the Office of the Board of Regents
  • Interim Treasurer – Michael Volna, Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, University of Minnesota


Board officers serve two-year terms. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected from members of the Board. The secretary and treasurer need not be members of the Board.

In odd-numbered years, a nominating committee consisting of three Regents is appointed by the Chair at the Board’s May meeting. The committee prepares a slate of candidates to serve as Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The election of officers is conducted at the Board's meeting that June.  

Standing Committees 

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Audit & Compliance Committee

The Audit & Compliance Committee oversees the University’s systems for risk assessment and internal controls, audits, and financial reporting, as well as the institutional compliance program. The committee provides the Board a direct communication channel to the University’s chief auditor and chief compliance officer, and to the independent auditor.

  • James Farnsworth (Chair), Robyn Gulley (Vice Chair)  
  • Mary Davenport, Tadd Johnson, Mike Kenyanya, and Bo Thao-Urabe
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Quinn Gaalswyk, Chief Auditor 
  • Staff Coordinator: Maggie Marchesani

Finance & Operations Committee

The Finance & Operations Committee oversees the University’s operations, fiscal stability, physical assets (e.g., land, buildings, infrastructure, technology, equipment), and long-term economic health. The committee advises the president and administration on faculty and staff compensation, benefits, recruitment, and engagement. The committee makes recommendations to the Board and advises the president on the development of the University’s annual operating budget and its capital improvement budget.

  • Doug Huebsch (Chair), Penny Wheeler (Vice Chair)
  • Membership consists of all Regents. 
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Myron Frans, Senior Vice President for Finance & Operations
  • Staff Coordinator: Jason Langworthy

Governance & Policy Committee

The Governance & Policy Committee oversees and makes recommendations related to policies and processes to ensure the integrity and high performance of the Board.

  • Kodi Verhalen (Chair), Janie Mayeron (Vice Chair) 
  • Doug Huebsch, Ruth Johnson, Mary Turner, and Penny Wheeler
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Brian Steeves, Executive Director and Corporate Secretary
  • Staff Coordinator: Jason Langworthy 

Litigation Review Committee

The Litigation Review Committee reviews litigation matters and obtains legal advice regarding specific University actions and their legal consequences. The committee determines what matters to refer to the Board for review or approval. The committee typically meets in non-public sessions and consults with the general counsel on cases and claims. 

  • Tadd Johnson (Chair), Mary Turner (Vice Chair) 
  • Doug Huebsch, Ruth Johnson, Mike Kenyanya, and Janie Mayeron 
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Douglas Peterson, General Counsel
  • Staff Coordinator: Brian Steeves

Mission Fulfillment Committee

The Mission Fulfillment Committee advises the president and administration on academic priorities and the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University. The committee oversees the University’s admissions practices and enrollment planning, student demographic trends, student affairs and student experience, efforts related to diversity and campus climate, academic program reviews, faculty promotion and tenure, academic medicine, research, and outreach.

  • Ruth Johnson (Chair), Mike Kenyanya (Vice Chair)  
  • Membership consists of all Regents.
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Rachel Croson, Executive Vice President & Provost 
  • Staff Coordinator: Krista Overby

Other Board Committees

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Special Committee on Academic Health

The Special Committee on Academic Health will oversee the University’s academic medical enterprise and clinical partnerships. The special committee will build the Board’s understanding and capacity in this area and make recommendations to the Board related to the MPact Health Care Innovation proposal and clinical partnership arrangements. The committee will advise the administration on academic medical strategy and help propel health sciences toward a clinical partnership plan that will champion medical education, improve clinical care, and more fully serve the people of Minnesota.

  • Penny Wheeler (Chair), Ruth Johnson (Vice Chair)  
  • Doug Huebsch, Janie Mayeron, Mary Turner, and Kodi Verhalen
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Jakub Tolar, Vice President for Clinical Affairs & Dean, Medical School
  • Staff Coordinator: Jason Langworthy

Special Committee on University Relations

The Special Committee on University Relations will advance the critical work of building strong relationships within communities vital to the University’s success. The special committee has oversight of the University’s government relations function at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as efforts to build stronger neighborhood relations in communities where the University is located. The special committee will provide the administration with input on the University’s public relations efforts including areas like marketing and brand development.

  • Bo Thao-Urabe (Chair), Robyn Gulley (Vice Chair)  
  • Mary Davenport, James Farnsworth, Tadd Johnson, and Mike Kenyanya
  • Senior Leader Liaison: Chuck Tombarge, Chief Public Relations Officer
  • Staff Coordinator: Krista Overby

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is established biennially to nominate candidates to serve as Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The committee consists of three Regents appointed by the Board Chair.

Presidential Performance Review Committee

The Presidential Performance Review Committee evaluates the president's performance annually to assess outcomes and recommend compensation. The committee consists of Regents appointed by the Board Chair.