Speeches and Spotlights
Good evening everyone, and welcome to the University of Minnesota, our state’s land-grant engine for innovation, job creation, and educating and preparing the next generation of Minnesota’s leaders.
It is an honor to host Governor Dayton’s 2016 State of the State address on our Twin Cities campus and a pleasure to have under one roof all 201 of our legislators who represent districts that include thousands of our students and employees, our campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and the Twin Cities, our Extension offices and research centers, and more than 250,000 alumni — including many of you — who live and work in all 87 of our counties.
At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to promote a climate of open, thoughtful and civil debate among our students, who bring great passion and energy to their positions and causes. This week, student leaders in the Minnesota Student Association at the University will be asked to consider two resolutions, one brought forth by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the other by Students Supporting Israel (SSI).
After nearly five years at this humbling job, what keeps me energized, what drives me?
I know all the critical issues we face together … from ethical research to campus climate to faculty governance to tuition policy. They are pressing and they are at the top of my priorities list.
But, honestly — and maybe it’s the same for many of you — it’s the little things that tend to give me the biggest boosts.
Statement: We want Jerry Kill to remain a part of the University community in a way that works for everyone
Jerry Kill is an asset to the University of Minnesota athletics program and the broader community. Jerry and I had numerous extensive conversations about a potential role with the University, and we could not identify a full-time opportunity that met both his needs and those of the University. We want Jerry to remain a part of the University community in a way that works for everyone. The athletic department and others are already identifying and discussing opportunities with Jerry.
President Kaler will deliver his annual State of the University speech on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union Theater.
I am pleased to announce the launch of the search for our next Athletics Director. This is an extremely important search for the future of Golden Gopher Athletics, and it is time to find the right person to provide leadership to our 25 teams and 720 student-athletes and to forge relationships with our thousands of donors, hundreds of thousands of fans and the broad public for whom Gopher Athletics is a window into the University of Minnesota.
Today is February 12th, and, as we all know, this is Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday.
He was the leader of our nation when the Morrill Act — which helped to create land-grant universities — was established, and I am a true believer in the power and endurance of that Act, which guides the spirit of our University and our mission today.
I was proud today to join many statewide civic and business leaders in opposing bigotry, especially against our Muslim neighbors.
Recent public statements and harmful acts directed toward Muslims across the country are deeply disturbing. To see one group explicitly targeted by divisive rhetoric reminds us that we must purposefully and repeatedly assert the value of diversity and respectful exchange of ideas on our campus.
The University of Minnesota relies on the integrity of all of its students, staff, and faculty members to create a truly exceptional teaching and learning environment.
We are a community whose mission depends on the diverse ideas and identities that our faculty, staff, and students bring from around the state, the nation, and the world. When one part of our community is hurt, our entire community suffers.
On Tuesday, as you know, we received two comprehensive, thorough and instructive reports about the finances, culture, policies and procedures in Gopher Athletics. The external review by two independent attorneys and the financial audit by Associate Vice President Klatt told us of some strengths and shortcomings. The nearly 50 recommendations in both reports provide a road map for improvement and accountability that we must now address aggressively and swiftly.