July 2011: Eric Kaler becomes the 16th president of the University of Minnesota.
July 2012: The U’s Board of Regents tightens oversight of executive compensation and ends special leaves for outgoing administrators, a policy drafted by Kaler’s staff after the uproar over a series of severance packages approved by the previous president.
June 2013: The U freezes tuition for two years as part of a deal Kaler struck with legislators in exchange for more state funding.
September 2013: Kaler pledges to make $90 million in administrative cuts over six years in plan to “work smarter” at a time when some people believe the university is “fat and bloated.” The U had been singled out the year before in a Wall Street Journal report on runaway administrative costs. That report, although disputed by U leaders, drew criticism from some legislators.
July 2014: The Board of Regents extends Kaler’s contract to 2020 and raises his pay, praising him as an “outstanding leader.”
February 2015: U students take over Kaler’s office, alleging racial and ethnic discrimination on campus. Thirteen are arrested after they refuse to leave.
March 2015: The U suspends psychiatric drug studies after a review found problems with oversight and safety monitoring. Kaler acknowledges the U made “misleading or inaccurate” statements after the death of Dan Markingson, a patient who killed himself a decade before while participating in a schizophrenia drug trial.
August 2015: Athletic director Norwood Teague resigns amid revelations he sexually harassed two female university employees.
September 2016: Longtime Gophers wrestling coach J Robinson is fired over his handling of alleged drug offenses involving more than a dozen wrestlers.
Fall 2016: Multiple Gophers football players are accused in an alleged gang rape of a female student. Although no criminal charges are filed, the university’s own investigation accuses 10 football players of sexual misconduct. Five students are eventually expelled or suspended for violating the student conduct code, while the others are cleared on appeal.
September 2017: The U unveils a campaign, quietly underway since 2011, to raise $4 billion for scholarships, faculty research and other projects by 2021.
December 2017: The U toughens sexual assault reporting rules, requiring almost all employees to report incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment directed at students.
June 2018: The U and Fairview Health announce plans for an eight-year partnership to share their expertise and generate more money for academic medicine and research.
July 2018: Kaler announces he will step down as president in July 2019.