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September 17, 2019: Public Forums: Executive Vice President & Provost Search

Following the search committee’s robust recruiting efforts and confidential interviews over the summer, I invite you to participate in public interviews in our search for the next Executive Vice President and Provost. In the coming weeks, each finalist will participate in a public forum at Northrop’s Best Buy Theater (4th floor) on the Twin Cities campus. Please mark your calendars:

Tuesday, September 24, 3:30-5 PM
Wednesday, October 2, 3:30-5 PM
Monday, October 7, 8-9:30 AM
Monday, October 7, 3:30-5 PM

August 29, 2019: Update on New Campus Child Development Program: CDC-SMLS Unification

Dear Campus Community,

I write with an update on the planning underway for the integration of the current Child Development Center and the Shirley G. Moore Lab School. This process, which began last fall, involves a commitment by the College of Education and Human Development and the University administration to preserve and build on the strengths of both the CDC and the SMLS, recognizing the strengths and the distinctive role of each in early childhood education and child development.

June 3, 2019: Update on Liberal Education Redesign Committee


We are pleased to provide an update from the Liberal Education Redesign Committee (LERC).

As a reminder, in fall of 2017, based on the recommendation from the Liberal Education Pre-planning Committee that met from 2015 to 2017, Provost Hanson appointed an all-University committee to review the current status of our existing liberal education requirements, and to consider possible new models and modes of delivery of LE on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. This committee is chaired by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Professor in the History of Science.

Support the U Day

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, students from across the University of Minnesota will take part in “Support the U Day,” an annual, student-led advocacy event at the state capitol. This event is a chance for students to reflect on the value of their University education and to share their experiences with elected officials. The day includes a rally and afternoon meetings with legislators.

December 19, 2018: Update on Child Care Planning for the TC Campus

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I write to provide a progress update on child care planning for the Twin Cities campus. The steps we will be taking were shaped by the recommendations of the Provost’s Child Care Advisory Committee (PCCAC) and were outlined in a message that President Kaler and I sent earlier this fall to the campus community.

November 2, 2018: EVPP Leadership Update (from President Kaler)

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Provost Karen Hanson and I have mutually identified a new arrangement that will allow her to remain as executive vice president and provost (EVPP), and step down when the new president hires a new chief academic officer.

This arrangement will allow Provost Hanson to step away from the EVPP position January to March 2019 for a leave that will accommodate personal and family considerations referenced in her August message. She will return full time to the EVPP position April 1, 2019.