Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman
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(8/11/2011) —This is Bev Durgan on the Farm. This summer a new leader is taking on the presidency of the University of Minnesota. His name is Eric Kaler. Kaler received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982 and this summer he moved back to Minnesota to become the sixteenth president of our land grant university.
William Folwell, the first University of Minnesota president, was described as a person who was interested in everything from Plato to hog cholera. Today the University of Minnesota is a big place and covers an even broader range of interests.
One of the first things our new University President Kaler did when he took over the top job was to send a message to everyone who works at the University saying among other things: "The University of Minnesota is our state's glowing gem, and we must fight to preserve its statewide role, its national rankings and its ability to prepare young Minnesotans to be the best and smartest they can be."
This summer President Kaler is traveling the state to learn about the University's reach into every corner of the state and learn how our land grant university can help Minnesotans. This process will include fun events like Farmfest, serious discussions with our state's agricultural leaders and field trips to get to know the impact that agricultural has on our state's economy and quality of life.
President Kaler and the University of Minnesota are committed to providing the agricultural research and Extension that will make a difference in Minnesota.
This is Bev Durgan on the Minnesota Farm Network