Contact Us / President's Staff

Please feel free to contact the Office of the President with your ideas, questions, and concerns.

To inquire about specific policy issues, please contact members of the president’s Policy and Initiatives Team. Those members and their areas of responsibility are listed below.

Our staff can be reached during normal office hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 612-626-1616
Fax: 612-625-3875

U.S. Mail:
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street S.E.
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Speeches and Appearances

Requests for President Kaler to attend events or speak to organizations and groups must be submitted online using the Request an Appearance form. Once you submit your request, there are strict deadlines and guidelines to be followed. Please be aware that the president’s calendar often fills up months ahead of time. Regretfully, we are unable to accommodate all requests.

Media Requests and Interviews

Please contact the University News Services at

President’s Staff

Chief of Staff
Jon Steadland

Laura Wegscheid

Receptionist, Eastcliff Events Coordinator and Assistant to Karen Kaler
Jack Moebius


Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Karen Rudeen

Correspondence Manager
Eve Wolf

Policy and Initiatives Team

Chief of Staff
Jon Steadland
Areas of responsibility: Academic Health Center/Clincal Integration/Medical School; Athletics/Big Ten/NCAA; President's Cabinet; Compliance; Eastcliff; Operations (Budget, IT, U Services, HR); System Campuses/Council; UMAA; UMF. 

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Initiatives
Julie Christensen
Areas of responsibility: Agriculture; Campus Climate; Equity and Diversity; Faculty & Academic Affairs; Global Programs; Graduate Education; Health Sciences; Higher Education Organizations (AAU, APLU); Research; Student Affairs; System-wide Strategic Planning; Undergraduate Education.

Policy Coordinator
Lyle Peterson
Areas of responsibility: Awards/Honors/Recognitions/Namings; Board of Regents Meetings/Materials; Department Visits; Policy Committees (PAC/PPC); President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct; Special Projects; University Senate.

Jay Weiner
Areas of responsibility: Presidential Communications; International Travel and International Campus Visits; Government Relations/Advocacy; President's Social Media.