February 2017 Report to the Board of Regents: Thoughts on the Executive Order on immigrants and refugees, and more
As I tell you often, when it comes down to it, we are in the people business. We affect lives every day in many ways.
Whether it’s the largest slice in the pie chart of our budget — in market compensation payroll and benefits for our 26,000 employees. Or it’s ensuring that our 67,000 students succeed and become leaders. Or it’s our public engagement with our metro neighbors or our Greater Minnesota partners. Our first priority is always the people who learn, work and live on our five campuses, research centers and Extension.
I came to even better understand that over the past few weeks.
Dear students, faculty and staff,
The University of Minnesota is a public, land-grant institution with a long history of global engagement. We are committed to supporting all members of our community. We are proud to be an inclusive, globally-engaged University that has welcomed students and scholars from around the world for more than a century. We have built a University community that embraces diversity, and we thrive by working toward a common goal to make the world better through education and research.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 with two events.
Today marks the first Board meeting in the sixth academic year of my presidency. It is a time to celebrate all that this Board, our faculty, staff and students across our system have done together for the University during the past five years. It is, especially, a time to look forward as we seek even higher heights for the University of Minnesota.
My vision for the coming year seeks to enhance our deepest strengths and to build on them. It also sees us redoubling our determination to keep this University accessible, affordable and powerful. My hope is that we all can work together as a unified team sharing that common determination.
The third international trip of President Kaler's presidency had strategic goals of rejuvenating alumni chapters in Hong Kong and Seoul, and strengthening partnerships with some of Asia's top institutions of higher education. The traditional connection with Seoul National University is well-known among Koreans, and the strengths of the University of Minnesota align nicely with those of the five institutions he visited during a whirlwind week of activity.
The very long headline for my report this month is this: We’re Healthy, We’re Welcoming, We’re Taking The Steps We Need To Take To Be A National Model On Key Issues, and We’re Spreading The Word About Our Impact And Value Statewide And Worldwide.
We're a global university, a leader in sending students abroad, a leader in welcoming international students, and, once more, we're among the nation's top volunteer producers for the Peace Corps.
Thank you to our students and our alumni who have brought their leadership, technical, and critical-thinking skills to communities around the world as part of this meaningful and powerful international effort for peace and understanding.