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.


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.