Speeches and Spotlights
We all just saw and applauded the introduction of Mark Coyle as our new Director of Gopher Athletics. As I said on the day we hired him, Mark is a man of great integrity and experience, and his first 10 days on the job have demonstrated that. But let me answer a question that some might have asked about Mark in the past few weeks: Why — why? — would anyone take the job to lead Gopher athletics at this time, with all the challenges we face, all the decisions that must be made, and all the eyes that are on him?
A budget is a reflection of values and priorities, and my proposed annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 for your approval today mirrors my priorities and remains true to our values to keep the University of Minnesota accessible, affordable and academically excellent.
I spoke to hundreds of our University of Minnesota graduates last week and witnessed first-hand the excitement of these young people and the emotions of their families. These graduates are the future of Minnesota's prosperity. From architects to English majors, from nurses to accountants, from chemical engineers to social workers, this month we catapulted about 15,000 graduates into the state's workforce.
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The academic year has ended in Crookston and Duluth with their commencements last week, and it’s coming to a close in Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities. About 15,000 of our students have done their work, reached their goals, and earned their degrees, and now are ready to move on to what most analysts say is a welcoming and vibrant job market for college graduates.
If I may say so, they will be moving from higher education to … just … plain … hired.
President Kaler's remarks at the news conference announcing the hiring of Gopher Athletics Director Mark Coyle
I’m very excited to announce the hiring — pending Board of Regents approval — of — and delighted to welcome —the new leader and director of Gopher Intercollegiate Athletics, Mark Coyle. In many ways, Mark is coming home. Some of you got to know him as he rose through Gopher Athletics in the early 2000’s, from Director of Marketing and Sales to Associate Athletics Director for External Relations.That was just the start of his extensive preparation for this role as Gophers AD.
Today we launched the search for the new position of Senior Vice President for Finance & Operations. This creates the opportunity to more strategically align finance and other operational functions of the University, fostering collaboration and creating greater efficiency and effectiveness.
I am pleased to announce the launch of the search for our next General Counsel. This is an extremely important position that serves as chief legal officer for the University of Minnesota system and provides comprehensive legal services to the Board of Regents and the University’s senior leadership.
I have assembled a search committee of individuals from within the University and from the broader legal community, and who bring experience and expertise that will be vital for recruiting the new General Counsel. I would like to thank Law School Dean David Wippman and Bruce Mooty for agreeing to co-chair the committee and lead this significant process.
As you know, some people call this period March Madness and some days that label certainly resonates with me, but I assure you there has been a logical and remarkable method to our March, and I’d like to spell it out for you.
Let’s start with the M in March, which stands today for UMM, or Minnesota Morris.
Today I’m announcing the search committee that’s charged with helping me to find and hire the new permanent leader for Gopher Athletics. I’ve asked the University’s Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert, and Perry Leo, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and one of our two Faculty Athletic Representatives to Gopher Athletics, to co-chair the committee. Including these two leaders, the Search Committee will have 16 members, representing a broad cross section of our community.
President Kaler's prepared testimony to the House Higher Education Committee
Thank you, Mister Chair, members of the committee.
First, thank you for the strong support this committee and the Legislature has provided to the University in the past. For example, the bonding bill last year included $26.5 million for the University for the Veterinary Isolation Laboratories and the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar. Each of these projects is moving forward, and we are extremely grateful for your leadership and support of these projects, as they are both critical to our mission and to our shared statewide priorities.