Jeff Nelson died on his property in Stillwater, WCCO reported. The incident occurred in West Lakeland Township in Washington County, according to Stillwater police. The Washington County Sheriff's Office confirmed that location.
WCCO-AM cited a university official as saying there's no reason to believe it's "anything but an accident."
Classes were cancelled Tuesday, WCCO reported, quoting a statement from the school, which called the incident a "tragic occurrence":
“Though some of us worked with Jeff only a short time, during his months
as our president he re-energized our campus and heightened our
aspirations. All of us will be affected by this tragic news, but none so
much as Jeff’s family. We’ll be doing everything we can to support
them, and have already dispatched members of our leadership team to
Jeff’s home in Stillwater."