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Former Gov. Mark Dayton gets new gig at University of Minnesota

He'll be working with students and faculty at the U's Center for Integrative Leadership.

Former Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has a new gig, having been taken on by the University of Minnesota.

Dayton, who stepped down earlier this year after two terms as governor, has joined the U of M's Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) as an Executive Leadership Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year, it was announced Tuesday.

The position is earmarked for "senior leaders from the government, business, or nonprofit sectors" who spend a year at the CIL working with students and faculty "on various leadership activities."

Dayton, whose family's net worth is an estimated $1.6 billion, won't be getting paid for his role, and he'll be based in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Per the U, Dayton intends to "participate in the life of the University."

The CIL initiative is affiliated with five schools at the U, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Public Health, and the Law School.

It's designed to "foster shared leadership for public good across government, business, and nonprofits."

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Prior to being Minnesota governor, Dayton was a U.S. Senator and before that he was the State Auditor.

"Governor Dayton’s humility and dogged commitment to racial and economic equity, our natural environment, and evidence-based policymaking fit perfectly with the Center's mission of advancing regional prosperity through shared leadership,” said CIL executive director Vanessa Laird.

"We look forward to working with him to learn from his experiences of striving to better our common resources for all Minnesotans."

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