1. TAG #savegophertf and tag your teammates, friends, family aso everyone can hear your opinion about this decision.
  2. PLEDGE a 5-year donation to support the Men’s track team - no minimum amount, same amount each year. This verbal commitment is documented yet revocable.
  3. CONTACT the Regents directly. Send an email, make a call. See guidelines below.



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Make a financial pledge

We are asking for 5-year commitments, where you would support the teams operations fund for the same amount each year. This would be considered a verbal pledge, that is documented yet revocable. Your name and your amount will remain fully anonymous, unless you want it published. This verbal commitment is documented yet revocable.

Call/email the regents

The Board of Regents are the main group we are attempting to educate. The Board of Regents will decide whether to approve the proposal to cut Men’s Track and Field on October 9, 2020 at their Full Board Meeting, beginning around 9 am CST. We need 6 or more of the 12 Regents to vote against the proposal. The 12 members of the Board of Regents articulate a vision for the University and works to ensure the University of Minnesota fulfills its mission of education, research, and outreach. They are a volunteer civilian board and serve six-year terms.

When sending emails, please CC savegophertf@gmail.com so we can keep a record of sent emails and responses. Feel free to forward any responses already received to this email address.

Some Regents have direct phone numbers listed, while others use the general phone number: 612.624.6608. You can leave an individual message at the general number. IMPORTANT: You must say that you are calling for “Regent [Name]” – then your actual audio message will be forwarded directly to that individual regent. Otherwise it will be noted and shared as part of a staff summary.

Name Title Email Phone Bio
Kendall J. Powell Chair of the Board of Regents kpowell@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Steven A. Sviggum Vice Chair of the Board of Regents sviggum@umn.edu 651-332-3583 Link
Thomas J. Anderson Board of Regent Member tja@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Richard B. Beeson Board of Regent Member rbeeson@umn.edu 651-523-7830 Link
Mary A. Davenport Board of Regent Member mdavenpo@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Kao Ly Ilean Her Board of Regent Member kliher@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Michael D. Hsu Board of Regent Member hsu@umn.edu 612-701-6576 Link
Mike O. Kenyanya Board of Regent Member kenyanya@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Janie S. Mayeron Board of Regent Member mayeron@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
David J. McMillan Board of Regent Member dmcmillan@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Darrin M. Rosha Board of Regent Member drosha@umn.edu 612-624-6608 Link
Randy R. Simonson Board of Regent Member rrs@umn.edu 605-553-2232 Link

Contact the President

The Board of Regents establishes a framework for the President to achieve that vision. President Gabel reports directly to them. She oversees all aspects of the University operations, including the Athletic Department. Below is a contact list for the President of the University and her key staff. See all staff here.

Name Title Email Phone
Joan Gabel President of the University upres@umn.edu 612-626-1616
Bill Haldeman Senior Assistant to the President haldeman@umn.edu
Brianne Keeney Assistant to the President keen0113@umn.edu
Megan Sweet Assistant to the President vande104@umn.edu
Kate Stuckert Senior Assistant to the President stuck005@umn.edu
Angie Pesch Office Manager apesch@umn.edu
Penny Bellesen Executive Assistant pennyb@umn.edu
Eve Wolf Correspondence Manager eve@umn.edu

State of Minnesota Legislators

The State of Minnesota provides state funding to the University of Minnesota. The next session is a biennial budget session at the Minnesota Legislature. To contact your state representative or senator, follow the links below.

Minnesota House of Representatives | Minnesota Senate