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.

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Burlington, Vt.




Married, two children


California Institute of Technology, 1978; University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in chemical engineering, 1982




Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, is the author or co-author of one edited book and more than 200 papers, holds 10 U.S. patents.

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Legislators put tough questions to university's President Kaler

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 18 2015 - 8:38 PM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler faced some tough questions from legislators Wednesday about his plan to freeze tuition at the U.Not about whether to do it, but how to pay for it.Kaler is...

New report says U top-heavy; Kaler says report 'dead wrong'

ARTICLE Updated: May 19 2014 - 5:52 AM

For the second time in two years, the University of Minnesota is fending off accusations that it has one of the most top-heavy administrations in higher education.On Sunday, the Institute for Policy...

Kaler to join Obamas at White House for higher education summit

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 16 2014 - 6:43 AM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will be in Washington, D.C., today for a White House higher education summit where President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will announce that...

U president vows more police patrols after robberies, assaults

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 13 2013 - 6:01 AM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler pledged Tuesday to increase police patrols following a rash of robberies and assaults on and near campus, including an armed robbery attempt in a...

U of Minnesota freezes tuition as part of 2014 operating budget

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 14 2013 - 9:44 PM

Tuition at the University of Minnesota will be frozen for two years, for the first time in decades, under a budget finalized Friday.The U’s Board of Regents approved a $3.6 billion operating...

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