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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - Former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum is stepping down as the Vice Chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

The former lawmaker from Kenyon made the announcement in a letter to Regents Chair Ken Powell that was made public by the U of M. In the letter, Swiggum indicated he was resigning from the leadership position but would continue serving on the Board of Regents until the end of his term next year.

The announcement followed widespread criticism over questions he raised during a Board of Regents meeting earlier this month. Swiggum asked, in reference to a significant decline in enrollment at the U of M campus in Morris, "Is it possible that at Morris we become too diverse…from a marketing standpoint." He went on to say that he had received two letters from friends who stated their children would not be enrolling at the Morris campus because they don't feel comfortable.

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University of Minnesota photo

Following a wave of criticism and calls for his resignation, Swiggum reiterated that he had asked a question and was not making a comment, but later apologized "unequivocally" for his questions.

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