There’s likely a way you know Doug Huebsch, whether in Perham or in connection with the University of Minnesota. His most recent role is being named a member of the University’s Board of Regents.

The board represents the university in continuing their goals of education, research and outreach. Huebsch is often involved in living these goals as a U of M graduate, using animal science research at his farm, working on international trade relationships and helping Otter Tail County succeed as a commissioner. He also hopes their research work is useful for the state’s needs.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting started and working on that board,” Huebsch said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve and hopefully we can have the university represent the whole state.”

He is one of four newly elected regents on March 15. Each serve six-year terms. Huebsch represents Congressional District 7 in place of Thomas Anderson of Alexandria. The board has eight members from the congressional districts and four from the state at-large.

With the university as an “economic driver” of the state, Huebsch is looking forward to focusing on students and their success. Over 10,000 Minnesota businesses have been started by U of M graduates, according to Huebsch.

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“We need students to be successful when they get out of college with their degree, they can get a job that’s useful and beneficial to themselves and to society, that’s number one,” he said.

The Board of Regent’s top two priorities for 2020-21 are implementing the M Pact 2025 plan and overseeing the university’s response to the pandemic, as stated on the university website. Huebsch’s first meeting will be on May 13-14.

The five campuses each bring different students and carry unique elements, but their combined success is needed, Huebsch said.

“We have to look at ways to make the U more affordable for everybody. And we can’t just keep raising tuitions at this ungodly rate,” Huebsch said. “There’s a lot of work to do. We have limited resources and we have to allocate them really practically.”

Huebsch has served on the university’s alumni association board of directors, and in December 2020 received the alumni service award.

“The U’s been a big part of my life and (I) just want to give back,” Huebsch said.

Huebsch is also the founder and CEO of the Goose Group of retail stores, partner and CFO of New Life Farms and founder and partner of Perham Capital Company.