After much fanfare and little public input, Eric Kaler was just named the 16th ever President of the University of Minnesota.

In an op-ed  today, Art Hughes from the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (and also the Society of Professional Journalists and Bring.mn) laments the lack of transparency and public input into the selection process.  Kaler was essentially selected behind the scenes by the U’s Board of Regents for the very public position and presented as “a” or “the” finalist to the media and general public.  In light of Hughes’s op-ed, and with STrib Higher Ed reporter Jenna Ross noting in her headline of Kaler’s confirmation that he was the “sole finalist”, should Kaler have ever been referred to as a finalist?