President's Report to the Board of Regents: Dylan, campus climate, incoming freshman class, and a system-wide initiative
Thank you, Chair Johnson. There’s a lot of system-wide news I'll share with you today.
I met Wednesday individually with Chancellors Black, Lehmkuhle and Wood, and then all together as part of our System Council.
And we’ll be talking about our evolving system-wide strategic plan later in this meeting. So, let me begin with system news.
I am pleased to announce Dr. Brian D. Burnett as the University's Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations. Brian will begin his new role on November 17, 2016, pending Board of Regents approval. I will bring this appointment forward to the Board of Regents for approval in the October Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee consent report.
This message was sent to the Twin Cities campus community today.
The "Paint the Bridge" incident has generated much discussion and debate. I have listened to many people in our community who hold a variety of views on the panel's message and on subsequent events. I know for many of you, particularly Latinx students, faculty, and staff, the words on the panel hurt and I have sympathy for the real pain, and even fear, that some have experienced; I don't want these feelings to be part of life at the University of Minnesota.
Provost Karen Hanson announced today 29 Grand Challenges Research grants to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities Campus Strategic Plan.
The Driving Tomorrow research investments total $3.6 million, including $1.48 million for 21 exploratory research grants and $2.15 million for 8 collaborations shaped by interdisciplinary work groups convened to build on the earlier GC Research "Call for Ideas" process.
I am pleased to announce that Boyd Kumher will be joining the University of Minnesota as Chief Compliance Officer. His first day will be October 10, 2016.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: On new semester energy, gold medals, Wendell Anderson and campus climate in a turbulent world
Thank you, Chair Johnson … members of the Board.
One hundred and sixty five years ago — first as a prep school — what is now the University of Minnesota opened its doors, and this month more than 60,000 students from across the state and around the world walked through those doors once more, bringing with them big hopes, countless dreams and fantastic energy.
I know many of you joined me last week at the Convocation for the incoming Class of 2020 on our Twin Cities campus.
If you didn’t feel that energy then — and if that didn’t get you revved up for all we have to do this coming year — then, frankly, nothing will.
From Larpenteur Avenue near our St. Paul campus to the streets of Dallas and the horrors of an Orlando nightclub shooting, this summer's tragedies remind us that we live in painful and challenging times. The despair, passion, and sorrow evoked by acts of violence and hatred in our surrounding community and across the globe can't help but seep into our campus as the school year begins. And the divisive rhetoric of our country's presidential election may heighten tensions.
We are seeking applications or nominations for two tenured faculty members to serve as Faculty Legislative Liaison.
This is an extremely important role that works closely with the Faculty Consultative Committe and Government Relations to provide a faculty voice and perspective at the State Capitol.
The Faculty Legislative Liaison also serves ex officio on the Faculty Consultative Committee.
Learn more about the position here.
Important qualities of a faculty legislative liaison include:
The role of faculty legislative liaison (hereafter faculty liaison) exists in recognition that: