At the University of Minnesota we promote a climate of open, thoughtful and civil debate among our students, who bring great passion and energy to their positions, causes and elections. That is important to me, and I respect the right of our students to express their opinions through ballots or other initiatives. All in our community have the right to do that regardless of their points of view.
To the University of Minnesota community,
A month from today, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end, and I wanted again to express my concern and offer my support for our DACA students, faculty and staff.
Thank you, Chair McMillan, and good morning everyone.
As you know, I returned Tuesday night from a very productive visit to China. From Hong Kong to Shenzhen to Shanghai to Beijing during six days on the ground, I:
President's Report to the Board of Regents: A month in which we showed the breadth and depth of what we do
You all know that we toss around a lot of adjectives to describe our University. We use them freely, and even casually. We’re global. We’re highly ranked. We’re open minded. We’re diverse, and support equity and diversity efforts. We’re empathetic. We believe in partnerships to advance our mission and help the state. We face tough issues head on.
We talk that way about ourselves a lot.
But in my more than six-and-a-half years as President, I can’t remember a month in which those adjectives came to life as clearly and tangibly as they did over the past four weeks, or since we last met in September.
We weren’t just telling our story. We were showing it.
Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and President Eric W. Kaler co-authored this Op-Ed in the Star Tribune.
The immigration system must align itself with the needs of a changing and growing economy.
University news of the world, the nation and the state: The President's report to the Board of Regents
Thank you, Chair McMillan, and congratulations on chairing your first Board meeting. I have to say, so far you’re doing a great job!
Seriously, I look forward to your steady and firm leadership, and I’m eager to work with you, Vice Chair Powell and the entire Board in the coming year to tackle our challenges and celebrate our achievements. For today, let’s celebrate a little bit. Or, in UMD’s case, let the celebration continue.
Good morning everyone, and welcome to the University of Minnesota, and, for many of you, a very warm welcome both to Minnesota and to the United States.
I assure you, I am one President in this country who is eager and happy to see all of you from different nations gather to solve our global challenges, and who believes strongly in Trans-Atlantic cooperation. It’s an amazing world we live in, isn’t it?
The 2017 legislative session has ended — sort of!! — and, in many ways, Governor Dayton and state lawmakers demonstrated once again their commitment to our University, to our students, and, most importantly, to the future of our state's 21st century workforce. For that, I am very thankful.
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.