These are turbulent and, for some in our community, frightening times. It seems as if so much of what we stand for as a public land-grant University is under attack.
The U’s support for transgender rights will not waver: President Kaler's message to University community
Last Wednesday, the White House withdrew guidelines protecting transgender rights in America’s public schools and college campuses under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools.
Let me be clear. The University of Minnesota stands by our values of equity and inclusion and the right of transgender and gender nonconforming members of our campus community to learn, teach, and work free of any form of harassment and discrimination, including the dignity of being able to use the restroom that aligns with your gender identity. Our support for these rights will not change.
Just a reminder that all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend President Eric W. Kaler’s sixth State of the University Address, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the Twin Cities campus. Or you can watch via YouTube or gather on our Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.
I write to update you on the national search for a new Vice President for Research.
I have appointed a search committee, led by co-chairs Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson and Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Health Sciences Brooks Jackson. Other members of the search committee were selected to provide broad representation from across the University and externally:
During my tenure as University of Minnesota President, I have worked to improve the safety of our campuses, so our students can focus on their education and college life without feeling the threat of personal harm. I have worked particularly hard to increase understanding of the members of the University community about the importance of young women feeling safe during campus life. We still have a long way to go, but I am proud of the steps we have taken, including Mark Coyle’s hiring.
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.
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.
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.