After University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum resigned over concerns that he suffered a conflict of interest by holding his GOP Senate caucus staff job, MinnPost put up a background piece to answer a reader’s question:
Just who are the regents and why do we have them? Who picks them? Is it true their ranks have suddenly been invaded by partisans?
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.