Eric Kaler

The 16th president of the University of Minnesota. Before coming to the Twin Cities in July 2011, he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University, N.Y. He is only the second alumnus to become U of M president.

June 2, 2017
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, shown in January, said in an email to alumni that the U received “just $54.6 million” toward its “

Undergrads from Minn. facing tuition increases under U's budget

President Eric Kaler says the increase is needed after money from Legislature falls short.
October 27, 2015
Kaler defends U of M's use of human fetal tissue in research

Kaler defends U of M's use of human fetal tissue in research

University President Eric Kaler acknowledged in a letter that the University of Minnesota performs research on fetuses that may have been obtained through induced abortions, including at clinics in Minnesota.
May 4, 2015
Eric Kaler

University of Minnesota president - and his five predecessors - share a stage

Since 1974, six men have held the job as president of the University of Minnesota. And they all shared the same stage for the first…
State + Local
February 18, 2015
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

Legislators put tough questions to university's President Kaler

U wants the state to cover tuition freeze for 2 more years.
U top-heavy?
May 21, 2014
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler

May 19: New report says U is top-heavy; Kaler disagrees

The Institute for Policy Studies singled out the U as one of the five "worst overall offenders" in a report called "The One Percent at State U." Eric Kaler, the U's president, said the institute used "incorrect data to reach erroneous results."
State + Local
January 16, 2014
Eric Kaler the new University of Minnesota President began his day around 6 Am on Tuesday, 7/05/2011 in Minneapolis, Minn outside of Morrill Hall on N

Kaler to join Obamas at White House for higher education summit

The University of Minnesota president will visit the White House for an announcement on colleges committing more resources to help low-income students attend and graduate from college.
U police patrols
November 13, 2013
A man who showed a gun attempted to rob a woman in a hallway of Anderson Hall on the U of M's West Bank on Nov. 11, 2013. In this photo, a student cam

U president vows more police patrols after robberies, assaults

Eric Kaler pledged to increase police patrols following a rash of robberies and assaults on and near campus, including an armed robbery attempt in a classroom building Monday that left students shaken.
State + Local
September 13, 2013
Eric Kaler

March 12: Kaler presents new report on administration

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is at the Capitol this week with “the report everyone’s been waiting for,” as one legislator put it. In…
U of M tuition
September 13, 2013
University of Minnesota student Yefei Jin takes a group of high school students set for college on a guided tour of The University of Minnesota campus

June 14: U regents approve budget freezing tuition for in-state undergrads

The plan also increases tuition for students from states without reciprocity agreements, raises price tags for graduate and professional students and boosts funding for research. It cuts administrative costs and funds the hiring of more than 50 faculty members.
May 15, 2013

On campus beat: Kaler's pay ranks 32nd – or 10th – in his class

A ranking has again raised the question: Is the University of Minnesota’s president paid properly? Eric Kaler’s compensation of $653,235 in 2011-12 ranks 32nd among…
May 10, 2013
The University of Minnesota and the Vikingshave agreed to terms on a facility use agreement that allows the Vikings to use TCF Bank Stadium for the 20

New deal lets Vikings play at TCF Stadium for $3M a season

The Vikings will pay the University of Minnesota $300,000 per game and cover the costs of all improvements, such as a heated field and extra seating.
U tuition relief
May 2, 2013
Eric Kaler

Kaler opts for tuition relief

The U president's priorities for $25 million also include faculty hires and some savings for a rainy day.
U fund
May 2, 2013
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

Feb. 9: U's $650,000 discretionary fund lets Kaler pay Maturi

Eric Kaler and other presidents have had access to little-known fund since 2000.
May 2, 2013
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is known as being pro-athletics. Why? “I’m a fan,” he says. “I think it’s an important part of

Eric Kaler's game plan for U

The University of Minnesota's new president offers his views on athletics, finances, Joel Maturi, student-athletes and other issues.
Sid Hartman, columnist
April 19, 2013
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler

Hartman: Q&A with university president Eric Kaler

The University of Minnesota president comments on coaches, salaries and fundraising.
March 22, 2013
University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi and President Eric Kaler.

Kaler defends decision to keep Maturi on as special assistant

"I absolutely believe this is the right decision for the institution," Kaler told the U's Board of Regents.
March 22, 2013
U's Kaler on surprises and CEOs

U's Kaler on surprises and CEOs

U President Eric Kaler appeared on Almanac. Here are the highlights.
March 22, 2013

About Eric Kaler

Age: 54
Opinion Exchange
March 22, 2013
First-year law student Terran Chambers studied at the law library at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn.

Eric Kaler: Principles of a great university

These are the things that I am emphasizing as the new U president.
State of the U
March 14, 2013
Eric Kaler

U is making progress, but 'we will do more,' Kaler pledges

Kaler rejected as "nonsense" some "bold ideas" proposed to fix higher education, such as a suggestion in Florida to charge English majors more in tuition than engineers.
U staffing report
March 8, 2013
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

Kaler: Analysis shows some areas to improve staffing costs at U

The U's report to legislators says a new analysis of the administration finds some areas that need attention, including some supervisors with few employees.
U: Free online courses
February 21, 2013
Jason Hill, an assistant professor shown teaching on the St. Paul campus, is one of the instructors who will offer a free online course.

University of Minnesota signs on to offer free online classes

The University of Minnesota will create its own free online courses, joining an ever-growing group of universities in a grand experiment that some expect to remake higher education.