After the filtering of 148 candidates and a one-hour public interview, the Board of Regents chose Eric Kaler as the University of Minnesota's 16th President on Thursday.
The provost of Stony Brook University in New York accepted the job from Board Chairman Clyde Allen with a four-year contract with a base salary of $610,000 annually, and $50,000 in retirement payments in his second, third and fourth years reported The
Wall Street Journal.
"We need a charismatic, dynamic leader," Martin Chorzempa, student representative to the Board of Regents, said.
The 54-year-old received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the U in 1982.
The Minnesota Daily reported that he was one of the top honors in the National Academy of Engineers.