Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Another academic year has ended, a year with a clear systemwide focus and with systemwide achievements. To me, that’s what made 2017-2018 exceptional and forward looking for all of the campuses of the University of Minnesota.
Let’s begin in Crookston, where many of us visited to officially inaugurate Chancellor Mary Holz Clause in April. There, we see a real commitment to a systemwide research approach.
President Kaler sent this message to the University community today.
I write to update you on the search for the next vice president for research. As you will recall, Dr. Allen S. Levine was appointed interim vice president for research in January 2017. His permanent appointment began October 2017, and he was to continue through August 31, 2019. Vice President Levine has let me know his desire to step down this fall semester. I appreciate his collaborative and thoughtful leadership; he has done an excellent job guiding the University of Minnesota’s research enterprise.
The search committee has been named and charged, and other details on the search for a new Vice President for Equity and Diversity.
The Vice President for Equity and Diversity is responsible for providing visionary leadership across the University of Minnesota System to establish the University as a place known for inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and outreach with local and global communities.
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Welcome to our new Board member, Regent Simonson.
I had the opportunity to meet Regent Simonson for the first time in 2011 when we met at FarmFest. We welcome him with enthusiasm.
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Good afternoon, and to all of our friends and alumni, welcome and welcome back to our Twin Cities campus. And thank you Regents McMillan, Omari and Powell for joining us here today.
President's Initiative: Charting the Way Ahead for the University of Minnesota System . . . Creating a Climate to Inhibit and Reduce Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Dr. Alan Berkowitz recently returned to our Twin Cities campus for a conference and training session with leaders, faculty, students and staff from across the University's five campuses.
On March 6, 2018, President Kaler, School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan and Dr. Berkowitz offered remarks and opening presentations.
President's Report to Board of Regents at March 2018 meeting in Rochester: Legislature, department visits, Driven, NCAA, and Bulldogs
Thank you, Chair McMillan. And thank you to Chancellor Carrell, your team, and the entire Rochester community for your warm welcome and informative day yesterday. UMR and this community are true partners. As you know, we are engaged in an extensive and rigorous Systemwide Strategic Plan process, and we’ll be hearing more about it later in this meeting. Our time here demonstrates how distinctive each of our campuses is, how strong our system is, and the importance of our Systemwide Strategic Planning work.
Governor Dayton: "If we invest more in education, future generations of Minnesotans will be more successful. If we don’t, they won’t."
At his State of the State speech, Governor Mark Dayton included $10 million in his supplemental budget to keep a lid on Minnesota-resident undergraduate tuition. He also spoke about the value and impact of the University of Minnesota and of all higher education in the state. Thank you, Governor Dayton. And thank you to The Uptake for this video clip of the Governor's speech.
At the University of Minnesota we promote a climate of open, thoughtful and civil debate among our students, who bring great passion and energy to their positions, causes and elections. That is important to me, and I respect the right of our students to express their opinions through ballots or other initiatives. All in our community have the right to do that regardless of their points of view.