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President Kaler Appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

Thursday, March 1, 2012

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC).

The new council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues.

“President Kaler’s extensive experience and expertise will make him a valuable asset to the Council,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I look forward to working with him on these critical issues.”

The new council underscores the Department’s commitment to working with the academic community. In this noteworthy role, Kaler will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.

“This is a great opportunity for the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota, and I’m honored to join my colleagues from across the country on this council,” President Kaler said. “The University has a great deal of expertise that will help advance the interests of this council.”

President Kaler has been president of the University since July 1, 2011. Previously, he served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and vice president for Brookhaven National Laboratory affairs at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.

Kaler received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

Before his appointment as provost of Stony Brook in October 2007, Kaler was a member of the faculty at the University of Delaware from 1989-2007. He served as chair of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1996 to 2000 and dean of the College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007. Kaler was named the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Washington from 1982 to 1989.

Kaler will attend the council’s inaugural meeting on March 20 in Washington, D.C.

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