Ettinger. Chosen as interim as interim University of Minnesota president. This photo from November, when he was campaigning for Congress.

Next career step from Austin: Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Former southern Minnesota Congressional candidate Jeff Ettinger has been named interim president of the University of Minnesota. Ettinger, of Austin, who is a retried president of Hormel Foods, will serve as up to one year while the Board of Regents conducts a national search for a permanent president. The five-campus UM system has 67,000 students. The UM Board of Regents chose Ettinger from a field of four finalists.  Janie Mayeron, said that Ettinger emerged from an “impressive group.” The outgoing UM president, Joan Gabel,. was paid $750,000. She resigned to become president of Jthe University of Pittsburgh.

Ettinger profile

Ettinger currently is chair of the Hormel Foundation Board of Directors, one of Minnesota’s largest community foundations and grant makers. Earlier, for 11 years, he was chief executive of Hormel Foods. Before that he was corporate attorney, treasurer and president of Jennie-O Turkey in Willmar. He ran for Congress in 2022 in the Minnesota First Congressional District, Republican Brad Finstad won 53% TO 43%. Ettinger, age 64, holds a law degree from University of California Los Angeles.

MinnState search

Meanwhile, the larger MinnState college system is in the final stages of selecting its new chancellor. An announcement is expected this week. The finalists: Tonja Johnson of the University of Alabama and Scott Olson of Winona State.