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.