Speeches and Spotlights
Dear Graduate Assistant,
In the wake of the recent unionization vote, I want to acknowledge you for a robust and civil debate, and a fair and transparent exercise in democracy.
As a former graduate student myself—right here on the Twin Cities campus—I also want to reiterate my deep interest in understanding and addressing the concerns some of you have about your roles and your work conditions.
Now that this process has ended, I am able to work with your deans, other senior leaders, and our Office of Human Resources to determine how best to address your concerns.
I value your important contributions to the University, and I am committed to moving our relationship forward in a positive and collaborative way.
I want to talk with you today about balances.
Not only the balances on the books, or in our labs, but also about the balances we strike for this University as we move forward in a challenging time.
About public support balancing the tuition support provided by students and families. About training for a job balancing being educated for a life of learning. About balancing our research mission and our educational goals. About balancing our rich heritage and tradition with a need to respond in new ways to global challenges. About balancing the future we desire with the needs of paying for it now. About balancing our commitment to Minnesota with our responsibility to the world.
Mister Chairman, Committee Members,
Good afternoon. I am Eric Kaler, the proud 16th president of the University of Minnesota.
I am accompanied here today by Linda Cohen, the chair of our Board of Regents, and her colleagues, Regents Rick Beeson and Maureen Ramirez.
I’d like to introduce to you the new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University, Karen Hanson. Provost Hanson recently came to us from Indiana University. Like me, she is a graduate of the U.
I am thankful for this opportunity to share with you my vision for the University. I am passionate about public higher education and how it can transform the lives of students, and the economy and culture of this great state.
As you know, University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey announced his intention to retire on June 30, 2012, after completing 7 years of exceptional service as chancellor. Consequently, we have launched a national search for a new chancellor of the Crookston campus.
Greetings. What a great crowd! What a great army of maroon and gold advocates here and across the state. Even without my goggles, this looks to me like a winning formula. And welcome to all of you watching at home or at work. Thanks for joining us.
For you to travel here on a February evening, or to sit in front of your computer screen to watch our webcast when you could be doing something more important like watching Law & Order reruns, or the Big Ten Network-well, that's extraordinary.
This fall the Academic Health Center Review Executive Steering Committee, chaired by Vice President and Dean Friedman and Vice President Mulcahy, completed a review of the AHC mission, structure and centers. This review was an instructive self-study and was consistent with the charge issued by President Bruininks.
To the University of Minnesota community,
A warm welcome back for the new semester to you all.
Here’s an update on the beginning of the legislative session in St. Paul.
The Minnesota House and Senate are set to convene today and we have a capital request before them for building and maintenance projects.
Dr. Noseworthy (President & CEO Mayo Clinic), Regent Simmons, honored guests …
I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this renewed agreement and would like to reiterate and pledge our continued commitment to work together to advance health care through innovation in research and education.
I was immensely impressed by all that I saw during our tour of the Genomics center. But I am most excited about something you just mentioned.
It even makes me giddy with hope.
As the temperature drops, here's a quick review of recent events and a glimpse of what's on deck for us in the coming year.
I've continued to listen and learn, meeting regularly with students, faculty, staff, business, community and agricultural leaders, and legislators, among others.
I seem to always hear people's passion for the University and desire for us to pursue excellence.
But, not surprisingly, they also expect us to work tirelessly to improve our operations and reduce costs wherever possible to allow more resources to flow into academic, research, and public engagement priorities.
Good afternoon …
As you might suspect, I am going to talk today, mostly, about the intersection of the business community - locally and globally - and the University.
This will be a series of stories, so let me start with one about Curt Carlson, the master salesman to whom we owe so much.
It's a story about a man who graduated from this University in the depths of the Great Depression, a man who was always crafting, honing and selling his brands and their reputation.
By 1991, he had grown many businesses, including the chain of Radisson Hotels.
It came to pass that David Kidwell visited Minneapolis in hopes of becoming the new Dean of our business school.