I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Dr. Allen S. Levine as the University’s Vice President for Research, effective immediately and continuing through August 31, 2019, pending Board of Regents approval.
Since January 2017, in his interim appointment at the head of the University’s nation-leading research enterprise, Al has earned the trust and confidence of our faculty, research community, and administration. We are confident that he will continue to add collegiality and valuable direction as part of our senior leadership team.
President Kaler's remarks at the inauguration of University of Minnesota Morris Chancellor Michelle Behr
Good afternoon everyone.
Regents Beeson, Hsu, Johnson and Omari, thank you for joining Chair McMillan and me here today. Chancellor Holz-Clause of our Crookston campus, Interim Chancellor Carrell of our Rochester campus, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Ervin from our Duluth campus, thank you for sharing this moment with our colleague. This truly is a University of Minnesota system-wide moment for us all to celebrate.
President Kaler's charge letter to Dean John Coleman, chair of the President's and Provost's Committee on University History
President Kaler today sent a charge letter to Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman as the chair of the "President's and Provost's Committee on University History." This officially launches the University-wide effort to help guide our community's thinking about the ways in which we shape and are shaped by the history of the U.
Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and President Eric W. Kaler co-authored this Op-Ed in the Star Tribune.
The immigration system must align itself with the needs of a changing and growing economy.
I am pleased to announce that Michael Goh has agreed to serve as Interim Vice President for Equity and Diversity, effective October 6, 2017.
Michael has served as the University's Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity since 2014 and has been instrumental in promoting and supporting the recruitment and retention of diverse field shapers for our campuses. Additionally, he is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the College of Education and Human Development.
"A Campus Divided" and our work forward: President's and Provost's Advisory Committee on University History
On the occasion of the official opening of "A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism and Anti-Semitism at the University 1930-1942," President Eric W. Kaler issued this statement today and announced the formation of the "President's and Provost's Advisory Committee on University History" to guide the University community's thinking going forward about appropriate modern responses to historical issues on our campuses.
Good afternoon and welcome to the University of Minnesota! For the new freshmen on campus — and our friends in the news media — let me assure you, this is NOT how we typically celebrate Fridays. In fact, we haven’t done this sort of thing for 18 years.
Preventing sexual misconduct, DACA, and other news: President's Report to Board of Regents, September 2017
When the calendar turns to September, and when our new students begin moving in to their residence halls, when I have the delight of hearing and sing “The Rouser,” and the syllabi are handed out, there’s nothing like the excitement of a new academic year for me and, I know, for you as well. We’re here because of our students and, when they return in full force, the energy they bring to our University is unmistakable. For us, it’s a reminder that the business of keeping our University great is about ensuring the best possible experience for all 60,000-plus of our students in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and here on the Twin Cities campus.
To the University community,
I am deeply disappointed by the decision today to begin to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Along with my senior leadership team, we are especially concerned for young people registered in the program, many of whom are our students. They were given a promise that they would not be targeted for deportation. Today's decision, while delaying the process, still raises that unconscionable possibility.
As the new school year begins, I urge you to take to heart some core values of our University. In these times nationally and locally, I believe we need to be perfectly clear about those values. First, at our University there is no place for hate. We do not tolerate bigotry. And, every day in every way, we denounce in the strongest terms the racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic messages of white supremacy.
At the same time, we respect the right to express different opinions. After all, this is an intellectual community. So, it is important for all of us to talk with each other, to listen carefully, and, yes, to debate, but always with respect for others opinions. Violence is never acceptable.