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.
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:
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As 2016 winds to an end, the conversation on campus and in the media continues to focus on how divided we are as a nation and a state. But amid this narrative, I believe the impact of our University tells a far different story, and it’s this: the ‘U’ is a truly unifying force across our state.
I spoke about this last night when we met with agricultural and natural resources leaders, and I want to reiterate my message today. From North Minneapolis to Willmar, from Chanhassen to Alexandria, we are one of the few institutions that every day works diligently to try to bridge the urban, suburban and rural divide.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: Dylan, campus climate, incoming freshman class, and a system-wide initiative
Thank you, Chair Johnson. There’s a lot of system-wide news I'll share with you today.
I met Wednesday individually with Chancellors Black, Lehmkuhle and Wood, and then all together as part of our System Council.
And we’ll be talking about our evolving system-wide strategic plan later in this meeting. So, let me begin with system news.
Provost Karen Hanson announced today 29 Grand Challenges Research grants to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities Campus Strategic Plan.
The Driving Tomorrow research investments total $3.6 million, including $1.48 million for 21 exploratory research grants and $2.15 million for 8 collaborations shaped by interdisciplinary work groups convened to build on the earlier GC Research "Call for Ideas" process.
After nearly five years at this humbling job, what keeps me energized, what drives me?
I know all the critical issues we face together … from ethical research to campus climate to faculty governance to tuition policy. They are pressing and they are at the top of my priorities list.
But, honestly — and maybe it’s the same for many of you — it’s the little things that tend to give me the biggest boosts.
Today is February 12th, and, as we all know, this is Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday.
He was the leader of our nation when the Morrill Act — which helped to create land-grant universities — was established, and I am a true believer in the power and endurance of that Act, which guides the spirit of our University and our mission today.
With students, faculty and staff across our system beginning a new academic year, we certainly have much on our plates to get done. I look forward to tackling the initiatives on my 2015-2016 Work Plan, which I’ll share with you at the conclusion of my report. And I’m eager to work closely with you on the areas you emphasized in my 2015 Performance Review, including completing a Progress Card, which will track signature goals. We’ll be discussing the Progress Card in a few minutes.
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and let me offer my congratulations to Regent Johnson for his election to be our next Chair. And congratulations, too, to Regent McMillan on his election as vice chair. I look forward to working with both of you in the months to come.
Nearly five years ago, in November of 2010 when I was hired, Regent Dean Johnson asked me a question during my public interview in front of the Board of Regents. His question resonates loudly with me today.
Until that Regents meeting, you might remember, I had been known only as Presidential Candidate “C, ” a nameless scholar from Stony Brook in New York where I could — as Regent Johnson put it — “feel the gentle breezes of the Atlantic." As provost of a wonderful AAU university, I was, frankly, quite content to be there.