Eric Kaler takes over as the new president of the University of Minnesota on Friday and is wasting no time in getting out to meet and greet.
He and his wife, Karen, are scheduled to ride in Monday’s Fourth of July parade in Delano.
(His July 1 start at the U is the same day as the increasingly likely state shutdown, but he won’t have to worry too much about that, at least immediately. University officials say they’ll remain open even if many state offices and services are shuttered.
(“The loss of state support, either temporarily or permanently, will be a challenge to the University of Minnesota,” says U of M Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter. “However, like any large and complex organization, the university is prepared to fiscally manage fluctuations in our cash flow. We can weather a short-term disruption in the flow of next year’s state appropriation to the university.”)
The Kalers will ride in Monday’s 10:30 a.m. parade near the 100-member University of Minnesota Marching Band and Goldy Gopher.
Kaler, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering from the U of M, has been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
He succeeds Robert Bruininks, who will continue to teach at the U.