Role of the Board

The Board of Regents articulates a vision for the University and works to ensure the University of Minnesota fulfills its mission of education, research, and outreach.

Board of Regents Policy: Responsibilities of the Board and individual Regents (PDF)


The 12 members of the Board of Regents each serve for a six-year term. Every two years, one-third of the Board seats are up for election.

A joint convention of the Minnesota legislature elects one Regent from each of the state’s eight congressional districts and four from the state at large. One of the four at-large Regents must be a University of Minnesota student at the time of election.

For more on the Regent selection process, contact the Regent Candidate Advisory Council.