Speeches and Spotlights
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,
System-wide Strategic Planning initiative launched, committee led by Chancellor Lehmkuhle and Vice Provost Ropers-Huilman named
For the first time in our history, the University of Minnesota is embarking on a system-wide strategic planning effort to better align our resources and leverage our strengths as a system.
I have asked Rochester Chancellor Steven Lehmkuhle and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Rebecca Ropers-Huilman to co-chair a University of Minnesota System-Wide Strategic Planning Committee.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: Dylan, campus climate, incoming freshman class, and a system-wide initiative
Thank you, Chair Johnson. There’s a lot of system-wide news I'll share with you today.
I met Wednesday individually with Chancellors Black, Lehmkuhle and Wood, and then all together as part of our System Council.
And we’ll be talking about our evolving system-wide strategic plan later in this meeting. So, let me begin with system news.
I am pleased to announce Dr. Brian D. Burnett as the University's Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations. Brian will begin his new role on November 17, 2016, pending Board of Regents approval. I will bring this appointment forward to the Board of Regents for approval in the October Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee consent report.