Speeches and Spotlights
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.
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.