MINNEAPOLIS – Four finalists have been named to become the University of Minnesota’s interim president until a full national search can be organized to replace Joan Gabel. Three of the four have UM connections. The fourth is Jeff Ettniger, the retired chief executive of the Hormel food giant based in Austin. Chosen from 21 applicants:

> Jeff Ettinger, of Hormel, currently chair of the Hormel Foundation governing board. He ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 2022.

> Myron Frans, senior UM vice president for finance and operations.

> Mary Holz-Clause, chancellor of UM-Crookston.

> Thomas Sullivan, retired president of the University of Vermont and former UM provost and senior vice president.

Public interviews are scheduled for Monday.

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