Speeches and Spotlights
Thank you, Madam Chair. For my second academic year as president, yes, I have hit the ground running, driving, walking, and flying on behalf of our University since last we met. Mostly, I have been detailing and promoting our legislative request and the new approach that this Board heard about last month.
I gave presentations about our important Biennial Budget Request—for which I will be seeking your approval later today—to, among others:
President Eric W. Kaler's remarks at the Board of Regents work session on "Lessons from the Freeh Report"
Madam Chair and members of the Board of Regents. The events that came to light at Penn State in November, 2011—and which were examined in a sobering report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh released in July—are clearly worthy of our examination. Many of you expressed to me your commitment to ensure that this University’s governance and compliance processes are robust and on the mark so that a similar situation could never happen here.
Thank you to the Department of Commerce for inviting the University of Minnesota here today. Quite simply, a decade ago, the University of Minnesota would not have been invited anywhere as a technology transfer leader. We were behind.
Every institution must adapt to its own environment, community, and academic and research strengths, so I don’t believe there is a single template for success, but I do believe our story illustrates some good practices. Let me walk you through how and why we transformed our Office for Technology Commercialization.
In the old days—a decade ago—we were considered laggards on the tech transfer front.
To: Senior Leadership Team, Chancellors, Deans, Unit and Collegiate Directors of Human Resources, Information Technology, Budget and Finance, and Communications
From: Eric W. Kaler, President
Re: Operational Excellence: Administrative Optimization and Dotted-Line Reporting
As you know, Operational Excellence is a long-term commitment to work smarter, reduce costs, enhance services, and increase revenues throughout the University. We are undertaking this effort for one simple reason: to advance our teaching, research, and public engagement mission.
Thank you, Madam Chair and Regents.
I have built my first biennial budget request as your president thinking first and foremost of our students and their families. And I have built it on a vision: that the University of Minnesota will establish a better partnership with the State of Minnesota.
The request is built with a sharp eye toward our costs and in the context of the Operational Excellence culture change we are undergoing.
Thank you for infusing our campuses with great new-semester energy, and welcome back!
Here are a few important items I want to share:
The terrific new-semester energy is upon us. Welcome back to all of you.
I have a few important items to share:
Task Force to Assess the Functions of the Office of Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System
As you know, Senior Vice President Robert Jones will be the new president of the University at Albany. His departure at the end of the year requires that we assess the functions within the Office of Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System, and determine their optimal alignment and organization.
To that end, I have appointed a task force to review the office's portfolio and make a recommendation to me regarding the organization of the functions, including reporting lines, and assessing the responsibilities of the senior vice president.
Our spectacular University of Minnesota students returned to campus this week, and that wonderful new semester energy is upon us. It’s time for the students to get down to serious business. But I want you to know that, in preparation for the start of the academic year, University leaders have been hard at work for months on many important matters.
Good morning! This IS the beginning—the starting line for you, the Class of 2016.
I’m very happy to share this moment with you. I am also pleased to have so many of our Regents here today, including Chair Linda Cohen and Vice-Chair David Larson and Regents Rick Beeson, Tom Devine, and Dean Johnson. Welcome to our deans, to our faculty, and to our staff. And welcome to that beautiful girl you saw in the video, my wife, Karen Kaler.