Dean Johnson of Willmar is on a list of candidates under consideration for appointment to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, reported the West Central Tribune. The Regent Candidate Advisory Council voted to recommend 16 candidates to the Regent Nomination Joint Legislative Committee for final consideration of election to the university Board of Regents.

Four seats are open on the Board of Regents. They include one from Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, one student statewide at-large seat and two statewide at-large seats. Johnson is on the list of candidates for a statewide at-large seat. He has been a regent since 2007 and is a past chairman of the board.

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council received 47 applications for the four open regent seats and interviewed 23 candidates. Johnson is the only candidate from central Minnesota.

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