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Sviggum to decide between being U of M regent or employee?

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.

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