The University Senate is composed of 251 elected senators and 26 Senate Consultative Committee members. This includes faculty, civil service and P&A staff, and student representatives from the University of Minnesota Crookston, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Minnesota Morris, University of Minnesota Rochester, and University of Minnesota Twin Cities campuses. The president of the University of Minnesota chairs the University Senate, and the vice chair is a faculty member. 

2024-25 University Senate

University/Faculty Senate Chair 

Rebecca Cunningham headshot

President Rebecca Cunningham






Senate/Faculty Consultative Committee Chair

Jennifer Goodnough photographed in front of a plant

Professor Jennifer Goodnough
Chemistry, Morris Campus
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University/Faculty Senate Vice Chair

Rachna Shah headshot

Professor Rachna Shah
Supply Chain and Operations
Carlson School of Management (CSOM)
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University/Faculty Senate Clerk

Professor Ned Patterson

Professor Ned Patterson
Internal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
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University/Faculty Senate Parliamentarian

Nancy Sims

Nancy Sims
University Libraries
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Amber Bathke headshot

Amber Bathke
Senior Senate Associate
University Senate Office
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