February 2017 Report to the Board of Regents: Thoughts on the Executive Order on immigrants and refugees, and more
As I tell you often, when it comes down to it, we are in the people business. We affect lives every day in many ways.
Whether it’s the largest slice in the pie chart of our budget — in market compensation payroll and benefits for our 26,000 employees. Or it’s ensuring that our 67,000 students succeed and become leaders. Or it’s our public engagement with our metro neighbors or our Greater Minnesota partners. Our first priority is always the people who learn, work and live on our five campuses, research centers and Extension.
I came to even better understand that over the past few weeks.
Announcing the Robina Foundation's $25 million gift to the Law School and our Center for New Americans
Today we’re excited to announce — and extremely thankful to the Robina Foundation for — the largest gift in the history of the University’s Law School, a gift of $25 million. Yes, I agree … that deserves a round of applause!
Dean Jenkins, Chief Justice Blatz and Professor Casper Sanchez will provide details of the gift. I want to recognize members of our Board of Regents who are here: Michael Hsu, Peggy Lucas and Abdul Omari.
Dear students, faculty and staff,
The University of Minnesota is a public, land-grant institution with a long history of global engagement. We are committed to supporting all members of our community. We are proud to be an inclusive, globally-engaged University that has welcomed students and scholars from around the world for more than a century. We have built a University community that embraces diversity, and we thrive by working toward a common goal to make the world better through education and research.
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Happy New Year and welcome back to campus!
First, I want to thank all of you. To our students, who challenge, educate and remind us that we must care for each other in all that we do - you inspire us. To our faculty, for the knowledge, mentorship, and passion you share with our students and contribute to the state of Minnesota. And to our staff, who ensure our campus is productive and safe, and a great place to live, work, and visit. You are an important part of what makes us special.
During my tenure as University of Minnesota President, I have worked to improve the safety of our campuses, so our students can focus on their education and college life without feeling the threat of personal harm. I have worked particularly hard to increase understanding of the members of the University community about the importance of young women feeling safe during campus life. We still have a long way to go, but I am proud of the steps we have taken, including Mark Coyle’s hiring.
As you may have heard, last night we indefinitely suspended 10 players from the Gopher football team. This will keep them from playing in the upcoming Holiday Bowl on December 27.
The need to take actions like this is incredibly disappointing. Unfortunately, these types of situations are difficult for the University because we are limited in what we can say. While we strive to be transparent in all that we do, the fact is that, under the law, our students have privacy rights that we value and respect.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As 2016 winds to an end, the conversation on campus and in the media continues to focus on how divided we are as a nation and a state. But amid this narrative, I believe the impact of our University tells a far different story, and it’s this: the ‘U’ is a truly unifying force across our state.
I spoke about this last night when we met with agricultural and natural resources leaders, and I want to reiterate my message today. From North Minneapolis to Willmar, from Chanhassen to Alexandria, we are one of the few institutions that every day works diligently to try to bridge the urban, suburban and rural divide.