|Office of the President|
Dear members of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities community,
As you may have heard, in July I announced that this year would be my last as president of this great university. I am energized and excited about everything we’ll accomplish together in the next 10 months, and one of my top priorities will be advancing the work on building naming and institutional history.
Here’s a brief update on the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee on University History (Coleman Committee) and immediate next steps:
Our full response to the Coleman Committee goes beyond naming, as is recommended in the Coleman Report; more information can be found on the President’s website. As we finalize the formal charge to the task force, we will also post that to the website and continue to provide updates there on the ongoing work.
I am extremely grateful for the exceptional work by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members reflected in the Coleman Report. I also offer thanks to “A Campus Divided” curators Professor Emerita Riv-Ellen Prell and doctoral student Sarah Atwood, to University Libraries staff who contributed to this work, the activists and allies—also highlighted in “A Campus Divided”—who believed in the ideals of our University, and those who will follow in the continued examination of University of Minnesota history.
Eric W. Kaler
This email was sent to Twin Cities faculty, staff, students, and the AEL. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.