Some St. Cloud State University faculty members are supporting last week’s Winona State faculty vote of “no confidence” in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, Faculty Association President Roland Specht-Jarvis says.

On Tuesday, the St. Cloud State faculty senate passed a vote of 29 in support, with one abstention and one against, Specht-Jarvis said.

The vote comes just over a week after the Winona State faculty vote  — and just days after two faculty unions voted to withdraw from participation in Rosenstone’s plan to overhaul system operations.

In a written announcement, Specht-Jarvis cites a “list of particulars” against Rosenstone, and says the list “details actions that show a lack of respect for faculty participation, shared governance and common cause.”

The announcement goes on:

Included in the list are the failure of Chancellor Rosenstone to represent our system effectively at the Minnesota Legislature, to comply with legislative mandates, and to bring our faculty contract to a timely completion. Many particulars cite his failure to include faculty input into budget processes and planning initiatives; others outline instances of Rosenstone’s secretive, non-inclusionary, and damaging management decisions, such the hiring of expensive outside contractors (McKinsey) to support and guide MnSCU’s internally developed vision quest, “Charting the Future”, while the State campuses are suffering crippling budget shortfalls.

Faculty at the State’s universities are up in arms about a charted future that attempts to streamline universities into corporate entities and destroys creativity, scholarship and public education for our students and faculty.

I’ve asked MnSCU to comment.

Update: I received the following emailed response from MnSCU spokesman Doug Anderson:

We received notice from the media today that the faculty senate at St. Cloud State University has issued a vote of “no confidence” in Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.  We are disappointed that the faculty union leaders are employing this tactic to further their goal of stopping the critical conversations that make up Charting the Future, and we encourage everyone to attend one of the Gallery Walks taking place throughout the state that showcase the outstanding work of our campus-based implementation teams. We will continue to seek broad input on the ideas produced over the last two years and welcome the faculty back to the table any time they chose to return.

Anderson also forwarded this statement from Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Renier:

The MnSCU Board of Trustees’ vision was to find a Chancellor that would address the multiple factors that are threatening the very existence of affordable, accessible higher education in Minnesota.  Steven Rosenstone is that Chancellor. The Board has repeatedly reviewed and endorsed Charting the Future as a collaborative way forward, as recently as September.  We hope the faculty will return to participation in the process.

The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities is ranked 29th on U.S. News & World Report’s first “Best Global Universities” rankings.

In a news release, U officials say the campus is ranked ninth among U.S. public institutions, and third among public institutions in the Big Ten.

(The got a global score of 68.8, compared to #1 Harvard, which had 100 points.  MIT and Berkeley rounded out the top three.)

Breaking it down by academic field, the announcement says the U has 20 disciplines in the global top 100, and 14 in the top 50. Its announcement lists them:

Mathematics, 12th;  Agricultural Sciences, 15th; Environment/Ecology, 17th; Plant and Animal Science, 17th; Economics and Business, tie 18th; Psychiatry/Psychology, 18th; Social Sciences and Public Health, 20th; Pharmacology and Toxicology, 23rd; Chemistry, 31st;  Immunology, tie 33rd; Clinical Medicine, 35th; Geosciences, 35th; Biology and Biochemistry, 37th; and Microbiology, 48th.

President Eric Kaler said in the statement:

“We know that we’re one of the nation’s and world’s most dynamic and efficient universities. We’re continually improving, we’re taking on the world’s grand challenges and we’re preparing the next extraordinary generation of leaders for Minnesota and the world. This latest ranking simply confirms that, and we’re excited and grateful to be recognized.”

The new U.S. News rankings join such well-known lists as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the “Shanghai Ranking), where the U sits at 30th, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (46th), and the QS World University Rankings (119th).

Larson (Courtesy University of Minnesota)

University of Minnesota regent David Larson died Saturday at the age of 70, the university announced this morning.

The retired Cargill executive from Wayzata was in his second six-year term, having first been named regent in 2005. Larson was also a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation for 12 years.

University officials did not release details of his death.415 mi

Larson, who received a bachelor’s in political science at the U, was concerned about the rising cost of college for middle-class families. To address that, he donated $5 million to endow a scholarship at the U. The endowment, which has since grown to $15 million, has benefitted 350 students known as “Larson Scholars.”

According to the U’s charter, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the legislature elects someone to fill the remainder of Larson’s term, which expires in 2017.

Here’s the U’s official release:

University of Minnesota Regent and former Cargill executive David Larson dies at age 70

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/27/2014) —David M. Larson, retired Cargill executive and University of Minnesota regent, died Saturday (Oct. 25) at age 70. He lived in Wayzata, Minn. Larson is survived by his wife Janis, children David Lance (Leawood, Kan.) and Reid (Plymouth, Minn.), a granddaughter, sister Sandra Swartzmiller (Kalamazoo, Mich.); brother Paul W. Larson (Chicago, Ill.), nieces Nicole and Melissa, and nephews Stefan and Chris. Larson was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Marvin (Marv) Larson.

Shortly after Larson’s birth in Valparaiso, Ind., his family moved to Glenwood, Minn., where he spent most of his youth. Having been impressed with his family’s support of foreign students, Larson attended the University of Americas in Mexico City a year after starting at St. Olaf College. He finished his degree in political science at the University of Minnesota and became a lifelong advocate of that institution, eventually being elected a regent in 2005.

He joined Cargill as a trainee in 1966, and soon turned to Cargill’s feed business, serving in Kansas City, Mo., before a year of military service in Vietnam. When he returned, he managed Cargill’s Research Farm in Elk River, Minn., and was promoted to various management positions in Kansas City and Minnesota. In 1983 he was appointed president of the entire Feed Division, and in 1995 was president of Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Poultry Group, which then operated in 22 countries. His predecessor, David Wentzell, credited Larson’s ability to understand the business, look critically at opportunities and effectively train new talent. Larson served the entire industry when he was named chairman of the American Feed Industry Association in 1990.

Elected executive vice president of Cargill in 1999, Larson became known for his advocacy of corporate branding, quality and employee engagement and recognition. Always passionate about Cargill’s talent, he wrote that “there is no more significant form of recognition than offering people trust, freedom and responsibility.”

Larson was a mentor to a number of key Cargill executives including its executive chairman Greg Page, who said of Larson, “He was a terrific coach to many of us. He believed that it was important for leaders to be other focused – for us that meant being focused on the success of our customers and employees.”

Todd Hall, a current member of Cargill’s Corporate Center who as a platform leader oversees many of the same businesses Larson led, praised Larson’s ability to bring out the best in people. “He always challenged me and had confidence in me to do what I thought was impossible,” Hall said. Larson was a member of the company’s Corporate Leadership Team and served on the Cargill Board of Directors.

After 44 years, Larson retired from Cargill in 2010, but he continued to seek ways to engage with the community. He served on the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society, was a trustee of the board of National History Day and a year after his retirement, he was elected to a second term as a regent of the University of Minnesota where he served as vice chair from 2011-2013. He was a Board appointee to the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, serving for 12 years. A long-time volunteer at the University prior to serving on the Board of Regents, he was an active member of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Board and volunteered for the University of Minnesota Foundation during Campaign Minnesota.

“The entire University of Minnesota community is saddened by the news that our friend and colleague has passed away,” said Board of Regents Chair Richard Beeson. “Dave was a passionate advocate for students, a strong proponent of efforts to increase employee engagement and a committed leader for the University. His legacy of service will long be remembered.

“We will dearly miss him, and our positive thoughts are with his wife, Jani, his children and their family,” Beeson said.

Larson had a deep love of the University and often said that higher education was the foundation for his successful professional career. Honoring that legacy, Larson endowed a scholarship at the University in 2008 aimed at addressing his concern about the rising cost of education for middle class families. Since its inception, the U has admitted 350 Larson Scholars. Thanks to Larson’s vision and generosity, this community of students has been able to follow their dreams, receive an exceptional education and graduate with minimal debt. A passionate Gopher football fan, Larson has also provided generous support to Gopher Athletics.

“Regent Larson’s service to this University has been remarkable,” said U of M President Eric Kaler. “He gave generously of his time, wisdom and philanthropy because he cared deeply for students and understood the power of education to change lives. I am fortunate to have known him and worked with him as a regent.”

A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 1 in the DQ Club Room, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Memorials are preferred to the Coach Kill “Chasing Dreams” Epilepsy Fund, 1600 University Ave. West, Suite 300, St Paul, MN 55104. David Lee Funeral Homes, Wayzata (952-473-5577), will handle funeral arrangements.