Thank you, Madam Chair and Regents.
I have built my first biennial budget request as your president thinking first and foremost of our students and their families. And I have built it on a vision: that the University of Minnesota will establish a better partnership with the State of Minnesota.
The request is built with a sharp eye toward our costs and in the context of the Operational Excellence culture change we are undergoing.
Thank you for infusing our campuses with great new-semester energy, and welcome back!
Here are a few important items I want to share:
The terrific new-semester energy is upon us. Welcome back to all of you.
I have a few important items to share:
Task Force to Assess the Functions of the Office of Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System
As you know, Senior Vice President Robert Jones will be the new president of the University at Albany. His departure at the end of the year requires that we assess the functions within the Office of Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System, and determine their optimal alignment and organization.
To that end, I have appointed a task force to review the office's portfolio and make a recommendation to me regarding the organization of the functions, including reporting lines, and assessing the responsibilities of the senior vice president.
Our spectacular University of Minnesota students returned to campus this week, and that wonderful new semester energy is upon us. It’s time for the students to get down to serious business. But I want you to know that, in preparation for the start of the academic year, University leaders have been hard at work for months on many important matters.
Good morning! This IS the beginning—the starting line for you, the Class of 2016.
I’m very happy to share this moment with you. I am also pleased to have so many of our Regents here today, including Chair Linda Cohen and Vice-Chair David Larson and Regents Rick Beeson, Tom Devine, and Dean Johnson. Welcome to our deans, to our faculty, and to our staff. And welcome to that beautiful girl you saw in the video, my wife, Karen Kaler.
Dear University of Minnesota Alumni,
The University of Minnesota is a truly remarkable global university, exceptional beyond what many alumni and citizens realize, and far better than its reputation. From discovering cures and treatments for diseases, to fighting invasive species in Minnesota’s waters, to protecting the nation’s and the world’s food supplies, to working on sustainable energy solutions, our faculty, researchers, students and alumni tackle the state’s—and the world’s—most pressing problems every day.
President Eric Kaler's statement about the passing of Stanley Crooks, Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
It was with deep sadness that the University of Minnesota community learned of the passing of Chairman Stanley Crooks on Saturday. Chairman Crooks was a great leader and a special friend of the University. Our partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which my predecessor President Robert Bruininks established and I am committed to maintaining, is one enduring example of Chairman Crooks’ enormous statewide and national legacy.
I had the great honor and pleasure of meeting with Chairman Crooks last June. It was a warm and productive meeting. He was a gracious host. It is a meeting I will always cherish.
As you know, this spring I asked 20 deans on the Twin Cities campus and the chancellors to review their academic centers and institutes. This review is consistent with my goals for Operational Excellence, a long-term commitment to reduce administrative costs and increase efficiency to free up resources that can be reallocated toward the University's core teaching, research, and public service mission.
I am pleased to provide you with a report of the first phase of this review.
Thank you very much. Greetings to area legislators and other elected officials. Two of my bosses from our Board of Regents—Regent Patty Simmons of Rochester and Regent Rick Beeson of St. Paul—are here. Please welcome them. And greetings to my good friend and colleague Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle. Steve has been a masterful leader and visionary in crafting the future of the University of Minnesota, Rochester—moving this unique institution forward with innovation, with charm, and with humor. In fact, perhaps you’ve heard that the chancellor has agreed this coming Saturday to be part of a comedy performance called: “The University of Minnesota in a Shopping Center: You’ve Got To Be Kidding.”