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Regents to receive reports on alumni and Gopher Athletics; discuss contract extension for President Kaler

July 7, 2014

What: University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting
When: Wednesday, July 9; 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Where: 600 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

More than 445,000 University of Minnesota alumni make a difference at the University, in Minnesota and across the globe. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) will share how in its annual update to the Board of Regents Wednesday, July 9.

UMAA President and CEO Lisa Lewis will showcase recent alumni activities and successes, including:

  • 62,000 alumni donated to the U or were members of UMAA
  • Lars Peter Hansen (’78, Ph.D., Economics) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics
  • Continued mentoring and advising of current students, faculty, staff and other alumni

U alumni are key contributors to the state’s economy in a wide variety of fields, including business, science and engineering, the arts and entertainment and health care. In fact, the U trains nearly 70 percent of Minnesota’s health care workforce and all pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine graduates come from the U. According to the 2011 economic impact report, U alumni have started 10,000 plus companies in Minnesota, employing 500,000 people and generating revenue of $100 billion.

Lewis will also outline key principles that will guide UMAA’s future as it continues to foster a more engaged alumni base.

The UMAA represents a global community of 445,000 alumni of the University’s Twin Cities campus, and incorporates 19 collegiate societies, eight alumni interest groups and approximately 70 geographical chapter areas. For more information, visit their website.

Continued student-athlete success
It was a notable year for Gopher Athletics, both in competition and in the classroom. Gopher Athletics Director Norwood Teague will highlight key successes in his annual update to the Board. For example, Gopher student-athletes continued to increase their Academic Progress Report scores and Minnesota finished in the top 25 nationally in Learfield Director’s Cup standings, the measure of the success of an entire school’s athletics programs.

Teague will also discuss the department’s finances, compliance policy and its commitment to facility enhancements.

Other agenda items include:

  • D-1 landscape. Teague and University General Counsel William Donohue will update and discuss with the Board the evolving national landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
  • President’s contract. The Board will review and act on a contract extension for President Kaler, whose current contract expires June 2015. Chair Beeson will introduce the topic in his report, to be followed by a discussion and vote by the full Board.

Wednesday’s full board meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. No committee meetings will be held this month. The Regents will then hold their annual planning retreat Wednesday, July 9 through Friday, July 11.

The Board of Regents will meet next in September. More information, including meeting times and locations, can be found on the Regents website.

Media note: A media availability with Board Chair Richard Beeson to discuss President Eric Kaler’s contract will follow Wednesday’s meeting in the East Committee Room on the 6th floor of McNamara Alumni Center.

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