Robert Bruininks was officially named president of the University of Minnesota on November 8, 2002. This will be his last year in that role. Our search for a new president has yielded one final candidate, Eric Kaler.
Dr. Kaler would be the 16th president of the University and only the second to be an alumnus. The first alumnus to serve as president was Malcolm Moos in 1964. Dr. Kaler received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the College of Science and Engineering (known then as the Institute of Technology) in chemical engineering.
Dr. Kaler is certainly well-prepared for the position, having been a professor at the University of Washington and the University of Delaware, the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, and finally a provost at Stony Brook University.
His qualifications look good on paper, and this week Dr. Kaler is participating in a public question-and-answer session and also an hour-long public interview with the University's Board of Regents. These will help demonstrate if Dr. Kaler is a good fit for the U of M.
I'm happy to hear that one of CSE's alumni may be returning to campus to lead our University! The Minnesota Daily has been following the presidential search: Read the MN Daily article introducing us to Dr. Kaler.
Exciting update! Since I wrote this entry, it has been announced that Dr. Kaler will be the 16th president of the University! Read about the decision here.