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.
There's news regarding the leadership of our Morris and Crookston campuses.
At the University of Minnesota, Morris I have selected Dr. Michelle Behr as the next chancellor, effective February 6, 2017, pending Board of Regents approval at its December meeting. At the University of Minnesota Crookston, I have appointed Dr. Barbara Keinath to serve as the interim chancellor, with a tentative start date of January 1, 2017.
Congratulations to the Aurora Center on its 30th anniversary. And thank you Katie, Gavin, your staff, and to all the volunteers — currently and over the years — who have reached out, validated and supported those who have suffered and survived.
Equity and Diversity Breakfast: "An opportunity for self-reflection rather than self-congratulation."
Good morning, and thank you all for gathering to celebrate the remarkable work of our students, faculty and staff around one of the truly grand challenges of our time and of our University — Equity and Diversity. To our many guests, welcome to the University of Minnesota, and thank you for joining us and supporting us.
Today, along with other senior leaders of the University, I issued this statement about two hate-based incidents on our Twin Cities campus.
Dear Members of the Twin Cities Campus Community,