Speeches and Spotlights
President Kaler's welcoming remarks to the University Law School's Summit on Civil Rights: "Justice Strengthens Us"
Good morning and welcome to the University of Minnesota. Greetings to our many distinguished civil rights, labor, faith and community leaders from our state and across the nation.
A special welcome to Congressman Clyburn. Welcome, sir, to Minnesota. And a big thank you to our friends at the Kresge Foundation for their support.
Eleven … eleven … eleven. Special numbers, special day.
For those of you who are historians – and those who are not – on the 11th day of 11th month at 11 a.m. European time, in 1918 World War I ended. No one knew then there were would be another World War. Sadly, of course, wars have continued these past 99 years, and veterans emerge every time after defending our country.
In many nations in Europe, what we in the United States call “Veterans Day” is known as “Remembrance Day.” I like that. In some parts of Belgium, it is even called, “The Day of Peace.” I like that even better.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: A month in which we showed the breadth and depth of what we do
You all know that we toss around a lot of adjectives to describe our University. We use them freely, and even casually. We’re global. We’re highly ranked. We’re open minded. We’re diverse, and support equity and diversity efforts. We’re empathetic. We believe in partnerships to advance our mission and help the state. We face tough issues head on.
We talk that way about ourselves a lot.
But in my more than six-and-a-half years as President, I can’t remember a month in which those adjectives came to life as clearly and tangibly as they did over the past four weeks, or since we last met in September.
We weren’t just telling our story. We were showing it.
U's School of Social Work turns 100: "You change with the times, but always with empathy and courage."
President Kaler's remarks to the celebration of the School of Social Work's 100th anniversary.
Good evening everyone, and congratulations to our School of Social Work for 100 years of remarkable scholarship, teaching and public engagement.
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.