Mila Koumpilova | Star Tribune
Reporter | Higher education

Mila Koumpilova writes about higher education at the Star Tribune, where she previously covered immigration and Minnesota's immigrant communities. During more than a decade of reporting, she has been an education, general assignment and features reporter.

A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, Koumpilova has received recognition from the national Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others. She graduated from the American University in Bulgaria and the Missouri School of Journalism. She is passionate about the key role of news in a democracy. Koumpilova lives in St. Paul with her husband and two children.


U regents choose Joan Gabel as school's first female president

Joan Gabel said she is said she is "incredibly excited and humbled."


U regents set to choose school's first woman president Tuesday

Joan Gabel's two-hour interview with regents was heavier on compliments than tough follow-up questions.


In Duluth visit, finalist for U's top job hears concerns about campus getting all that it needs

Joan Gabel was at her next-to-last stop on a tour of all five U campuses.


Lone finalist to be U president on campus for public interviews

Presidential candidate is touring all five campuses.


U president finalist unafraid of challenges, say those who know her

Joan Gabel has brought a collaborative style and low-key charisma to academia.


Lone U finalist would be the first woman to be school president

Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, was the Board of Regents' nominee. Some concern was raised about only one finalist, but in the end she had the support of all but one regent.


University regents are put on the spot over filling top job

Some semifinalists for the president job are willing to be named finalists — and go public with their identities — only if they are the sole front-runner.


U alum's challenge of women-only campus programs ignites discrimination debate

Scholar's latest fight in the name of Title IX is with colleges that host girls-only STEM summer camps.


University of Minnesota regents to discuss three potential hopefuls for president job

Contenders' identities not disclosed; regents might name them Wednesday.


University of Minnesota has shortlist in hunt for president

As the search for a new president enters the final stretch, five of the nine who scored an interview were female.