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.