Speeches and Spotlights
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.
This message was sent to the Twin Cities campus community today.
The "Paint the Bridge" incident has generated much discussion and debate. I have listened to many people in our community who hold a variety of views on the panel's message and on subsequent events. I know for many of you, particularly Latinx students, faculty, and staff, the words on the panel hurt and I have sympathy for the real pain, and even fear, that some have experienced; I don't want these feelings to be part of life at the University of Minnesota.
Provost Karen Hanson announced today 29 Grand Challenges Research grants to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities Campus Strategic Plan.
The Driving Tomorrow research investments total $3.6 million, including $1.48 million for 21 exploratory research grants and $2.15 million for 8 collaborations shaped by interdisciplinary work groups convened to build on the earlier GC Research "Call for Ideas" process.
I am pleased to announce that Boyd Kumher will be joining the University of Minnesota as Chief Compliance Officer. His first day will be October 10, 2016.