Lori Carrell named University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor: President Kaler's message to the UMR community

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dear UMR Community,

I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Lori Carrell as chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester, pending approval by the Board of Regents at its February meeting.    

News release of Carrell appointment.

I am confident that Dr. Carrell will provide strong leadership for UMR’s unparalleled education in the health sciences, including its integrated, hands-on curriculum, personalized attention, and innovative learning experience in the dynamic Rochester community.  

Most of you know Lori and, so, also know that she will be a tireless advocate for each of you and for UMR in our extraordinary University of Minnesota system. She also will continue to build on UMR’s remarkable relationship with the citizens of Rochester.  

An enthusiastic and creative educator, Carrell focuses on communication, innovation, and wellbeing in higher education communities. Besides recently serving so admirably as UMR’s interim chancellor, Dr. Carrell since 2014 was UMR's vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development.

She has been deeply involved in UMR’s strategic, fiscal, facilities, and enrollment planning; its integrative planning in the downtown Rochester community; growing UMR’s Living Learning Communities; and she has been instrumental in developing the Higher Education Innovation Summit planned for this coming June in Rochester.  

Prior to UMR, Dr. Carrell worked at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she played a key leadership role in directing both the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, a research-based faculty development endeavor, and the University Studies Program, where she facilitated and implemented a large-scale, nationally acclaimed, curricular reform.

Chancellor Carrell received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University in Indiana in 1984, majoring in Speech Communication, Education and Psychology. She went on to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she received her master's degree in Counseling Psychology/Education in 1989. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Denver in 1991. Dr. Carrell then began her 23 years of service at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh before she joined the UMR community in August 2014.

I am grateful to the search committee, which fielded a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates. I'm especially thankful to search committee co-chairs Molly Dingel and Bernie Gulachek for their leadership in this important and successful search.

My decision regarding leadership for UMR was informed through a rigorous and collaborative process. The three finalists spent a day in Rochester and a day in Minneapolis, each meeting with more than 100 people. The process included a public forum in Rochester; separate meetings with faculty, staff, and students at UMR; one-on-one conversations with Provost Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President Brian Burnett, my Chief of Staff Jon Steadland, and me here at UMTC; and sessions with the senior leadership teams on both campuses.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Carrell as she leads the University of Minnesota Rochester into its next exciting phase of achievement, excellence, and innovation. I look forward to working with her, and all of you, to strengthen both the outstanding Rochester campus and our exceptional University of Minnesota system.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Kaler
President

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Three finalists for the UMR Chancellor position visited campus for public interviews between January 26-31. President Kaler will consider feedback from these visits and make a decision in the coming weeks.

Here's the evaluation form for the three final candidates.  If you met them and/or saw them speak, we encourage your feedback. Thank you.

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Job Description

Here are the full job description, expected qualifications, and core competencies needed for the University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor position.  

Application and nomination process is included in this posting, too.

And here is a document that provides an overview of UMR.  

The Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is the chief executive officer of the campus reporting directly to the President of the University of Minnesota. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who possesses excellent judgment and diplomacy, personal and professional integrity, a reputation for working collegially with both internal and external constituents, and an ability to act as a catalyst for campus creativity, innovation, and progress. The new Chancellor will build upon UMR’s legacy of offering an unparalleled education in the health sciences, providing strong support of faculty research on education and learning, and committing to UMR’s grounding values: respect, human potential, community, diversity and inclusiveness, and evidenced-based decision making.

As the chief executive officer of the Rochester campus, the Chancellor is responsible for academic, executive, and administrative leadership of the campus, including the procurement of adequate resources to support its mission. The Chancellor is also charged with facilitating, nurturing, coordinating, and supporting efforts of the administration, students, faculty, and staff on the Rochester campus, and with carrying out campus and University policies and procedures. The Chancellor represents UMR to the University, community, region, Minnesota legislature, and public and private sectors.

President Kaler announces search for new Chancellor for University of Minnesota

September 19, 2017

I am pleased to announce the launch of the search for the next Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester.

I have assembled a search committee of faculty, staff, and community leaders with a broad range of experience and expertise, and a deep understanding of UMR’s unique and innovative model. I am seeking a talented leader to continue to grow a health sciences university in the heart of America’s most dynamic city for health care. I would like to thank Professor Molly Dingel and Vice President Bernie Gulachek for agreeing to co-chair the search committee and lead this process.

The members of the University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Search Committee are:

  • Molly Dingel, Associate Professor, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Bernie Gulachek, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Minnesota System, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Jenny Casper, Associate Administrator, Academic Programs, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Robb Dunbar, Associate Professor, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Doug Holtan, Chair, Department of Facilities and Support, Mayo Clinic
  • Peter Larsen, Student-Based Faculty, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Mikayla Schmidt, Student at the University of Minnesota Rochester and President, Rochester Student Association
  • Wendy Shannon, Assistant Professor, Winona State-Rochester; Chair, Chancellor’s Advocacy and Advisory Council, University of Minnesota Rochester; Chair, Rochester Area Foundation; former chair, Greater Rochester Advocates for Higher Education
  • Virajita Singh, Assistant Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota System
  • Barry Standorf, Director, Facilities and Operations, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Yuko Taniguchi, Student-Based Faculty, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Julie Thornton, Director of Student Engagement Team, University of Minnesota Rochester

I am grateful to the members of the committee who have agreed to commit considerable time and effort to this search process. The committee will do its work over the course of the next three months with the goal of having a new Chancellor named in early 2018.

The engagement of our broad community will be important to recruiting a talented and diverse pool of qualified candidates. For more information, please visit the search website, which will be updated as the search progresses.

I will be visiting UMR on October 6 to kick off the search and meet with the committee. I look forward to finding the best possible leader for our unique and innovative Rochester campus.

If you have questions during this process, please contact Lyle Peterson in my office.

 

University of Minnesota Rochester Search Committee members

  • Co-Chair, Molly Dingel, Associate Professor, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Co-Chair, Bernie Gulachek, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Minnesota System
  • Jenny Casper, Associate Administrator, Academic Programs, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Robb Dunbar, Associate Professor, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Doug Holtan, Chair, Department of Facilities and Support, Mayo Clinic
  • Peter Larsen, Student-Based Faculty, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Mikayla Schmidt, Student at the University of Minnesota Rochester and President, Rochester Student Association
  • Wendy Shannon, Assistant Professor, Winona State-Rochester; Chair, Chancellor’s Advocacy and Advisory Council, University of Minnesota Rochester; Chair, Rochester Area Foundation; former chair, Greater Rochester Advocates for Higher Education
  • Virajita Singh, Assistant Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota System
  • Barry Standorf, Director, Facilities and Operations, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Yuko Taniguchi, Student-Based Faculty, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Julie Thornton, Director of Student Engagement Team, University of Minnesota Rochester