Monday, March 21, 2016

Legislative Auditor: "There is a significant and serious breakdown in the governance structure at the University where the Board of Regents does not do its job"

Comments by James Nobles to the Minnesota House, posted by Chuck Turchick to today's article in the Daily, "Research reforms draw scrutiny."

"There's one thing that has not been mentioned, and that is the Board of Regents. Mr. Chair, for all of the praise I would give you for doing this, I think this is a meeting you should not have had to hold. You elect the Regents to do what you did today and they have not done. For all this period of time -- and I have monitored many of their meetings -- they have never asked the kinds of tough questions that you've asked here today of the administration. I thought we had a governance structure, that you elect them to govern the University in your stead. I don't think that's been happening. I think that's the core central problem here."

"As President Kaler said, he stepped in to the leadership, the presidency of the University, and was told by the then-Chair the Markingson case was closed. And he was told by the General Counsel's office that it was closed. And he relied on other reviews. But as issues continued to come up, there were opportunities and opportunities and opportunities for the Board of Regents to ask the kinds of questions that you asked today. And even as recently as when we issued our report on the Markingson case, I am not aware of the Board of Regents ever holding a hearing like you held today. The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota never asked me to attend a Board meeting and present our report."

"So I think there is a significant and serious breakdown in the governance structure at the University where the Board of Regents does not do its job, as you have done yours today."

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