Dean Johnson

Chair, Board of Regents

University of Minnesota




Dean Johnson has served as majority and minority leader of the Minnesota Senate and as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army National Guard, and is a longtime Lutheran pastor in Willmar. He might need all of his political, military and pastoral skills to lead the board of regents. The U’s administration is being criticized following the high-profile resignation of athletic director Norwood Teague, who faced accusations of sexual impropriety. The university’s hiring practices also were called into question after its CIO, Scott Studham, resigned, and it was later reported he had also been the subject of multiple complaints over his management style and spending habits.