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New University President Kaler to give first State of the University speech

Eric Kaler, the new president of the University of Minnesota, will give his first State of the University address March 1 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on campus.

Kaler took over the president's job in July.

The 3:30 p.m. speech, called "Balances," will, according to a University statement: "outline Kaler’s vision and priorities for Minnesota’s land-grant public research university, expanding on his signature themes of driving excellence in and access to the U’s teaching, research and community engagement. Particular priorities Kaler plans to address include his efforts to push for the state's reinvestment in higher education, stemming the rise in tuition and student debt and improving the university’s operational excellence."

(Jay Weiner, former Star Tribune and MinnPost reporter, is Kaler's speechwriter.)

Kaler will answer questions after the speech.

The speech will be streamed live online at the university's website.

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