Whether you're a returning student or new to the U, seize the opportunities before you. Challenge yourself. Broaden your horizons. This is your time. Go big!
President Eric W. Kaler
For this avid baseball fan the past two months have felt a little bit like spring training, with the season off in the distance.
But now, with a hint of fall in the air and the thrill of students returning to campus, I'm committed to getting things moving...literally!
Regents, faculty, students . . . welcome . . .
Congratulations on being the Class of 2015, which, by just about every measure, is the best first-year class ever to enter the University of Minnesota.
There were almost 40,000 high school seniors who wanted to be here with you. Only 5,300 of you made it.
As a group, you have the highest average ACT scores in University history and there are among you an extraordinary number of National Merit Scholars, the most ever by far for any incoming U class, and, right now, the most among public universities in the Big Ten.
I feel like I'm one of you.
The new University president shares his vision for the future of agriculture at the U of M.
(The following interview originally appeared in the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Newsletter, Vol. 24, Issue 8, August 2011.)
Last month Eric W. Kaler assumed the presidency of the University of Minnesota (U of M). President Kaler earned a B.S. degree, with honors, in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.
For a normally quiet summer month, this was for me a very busy July. I spent it moving in, settling in, and starting to meet many good friends--and a few critics--of this great University.
Last week my wife Karen and I completed our move from New York to Minnesota. This Friday I will move the final boxes into my new office on campus and begin work. Karen and I are thrilled to call Minnesota home and are looking forward to exploring this great state and its great University in the coming months.
I am deeply honored to have been selected by the Board of Regents as the 16th president of the University of Minnesota. When the selection was announced back in November, I remember thinking that I was standing at a remarkable intersection of affection and opportunity.