Steve Sviggum says he’ll decide soon whether to continue as a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents or keep his paid position at the U’s Humphrey School.
A U of M committee decided he can’t do both.
Sviggum — a former state House speaker — said he was disappointed and disagreed with the committee’s decision that holding both positions “presented a regular, unmanageable conflict of interest that could give the board and the U a bad name,” says the Star Tribune. But he will comply.
“I think the roles are manageable,” Sviggum said. “I think they’re exclusive of each other.”
The conflict-of-interest issue arose after the Legislature appointed Sviggum to the Board of Regents last month. He’s taught at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for years but recently got a new half-time position as a legislative fellow that included more duties.