By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One finalist has been named in the search for someone to replace University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks. The Board of Regents voted Friday to interview Dr. Eric Kaler for the post. He is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University in New York. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Kaler earned his P.H.D. in chemical engineering in 1982.

Regent Patricia Simmons headed up the search process, which she said pulled in remarkable candidates.

“We didn’t rely on who happens to be looking for a job, we went after people who are doing excellent work to bring to this university and to this state,” said Simmons.

Kaler was among a field of four semi-finalists going into Friday’s meeting, but two of them withdrew from consideration and he is the only one to be granted an interview. Kaler will visit the university next Wednesday and Thursday. The board hopes to name new president by the end of the year.

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Current president Bruininks is stepping down at the end of June. He plans to stay at the U of M as a faculty member at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Comments (7)
  1. L. Luschen says:

    The new University President will face many challenges with reduced state dollars combined with rising tuition costs etc. Another timely issue is that the University and many supporters have invested a lot of money in a new state of the art football stadium – Any new president should be a true supporter of the major sports, especially football.

  2. Joyce Malone says:

    So,for how many days are you going to have the SAME 3 headline’s?You have repeated 3 stories for about 5 days now.

  3. Don Juan Cartier says:

    This Yahoo is already proving to be a loooooooooooooser.. He wants more money from us taxpayers to feed this bloated corrupt lazy club of lefty’s who call themslves educated elites When they are in reality empty suits!

  4. Don Juan Cartier says:

    Looks like they hired the best shake down artist to gouge us taxpapers for more money for this bloated bureaucacy. $610.000 just for him…Stupidity and corruption at it’s boldest. This joint needs to tighten its belt and cut back on the nonworking fatcat professors and employees who add nnothing to high education. This high crime on display for sure!

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