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.


University of Minnesota leaders consider how to tackle renaming campus buildings in the future

The Board of Regents tasked new President Joan Gabel with planning permanent displays and educational activities to address campus segregation as well as with helping to overhaul the renaming policy.


U leaders say tuition hike strategy for nonresidents is working

The university expects to end double-digit increases, officials told regents.


Engineer Leonard Frame, who launched firms with global presence, dies at 95

FluiDyne, the company he launched in the 1950s, made inroads in markets from Sweden to Japan, earning a reputation for innovation and reliability.


Former Gov. Mark Dayton to complete unpaid U fellowship

He will work with students on an oral history project.


U review shows room for improvement in handing over public information

The review came after concerns about the U's handling of an information request.


With vegan chili and less pomp, U installs Joan Gabel as its 17th president

The ceremony was designed to herald a presidency that would honor the university's history while at the same time embracing innovation and more fiscal restraint.


Union pressured Inver Hills college clerk to join, lawsuit says

The case is the first one filed in Minnesota that stems from last year's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


Two more years for U food vendor is too much, students say

Student groups want fresher food and more kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Aramark says it has worked to make the changes.


University of Minnesota president balances optimistic outlook with calls for reform

Joan Gabel kicked off her historic presidency at the University of Minnesota this summer with an unapologetically upbeat message: The U doesn’t have pressing problems,…


Red Lake Band, city of Minneapolis break ground for affordable housing complex

Red Lake Band funds most of the $35.8 million complex, with Minneapolis' help.