MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota has named a finalist for the position of president, but it doesn't mean the choice has been finalized.

The U of M Board of Regents has chosen University of South Carolina provost Joan T.A. Gabel as the sole finalist.

Gabel has been executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at USC since 2015. For five years before that, she was dean of the University of Missouri's Trulsake College of Business.

Board of Regents Chair David McMillan said they are excited to introduce Gabel to the Board and the U of M community, but the search is not complete.

“Our campuses and the Board will engage fully with Provost Gabel in multiple public settings," he said in a statement Wednesday. "If at the end of the process the Board is confident she will succeed as our next president, it will vote to support her. If a vote is not successful, we will return to the pool to publicly interview additional candidates.”

The remaining two candidates have agreed to remain in the pool of private candidates until that time.

The Wall Street Journal named Gabel a "shining star" while she was at the U of Missouri. She also previously worked in Florida State's College of Business as the DeSantis Professor and chair of the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, and has served as the editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal. She was on the faculty of Georgia State University of 11 years.

Gabel is from Atlanta and earned her bachelor's in philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the U of Georgia. More of her background is available here.

The Board voted 11-1 to name Gabel the sole finalist. Gabel will now visit each of the U of M's five campuses for public forums from Dec. 10-12. The full Board of Regents will interview her Dec. 14.