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University of Minnesota Board of Regents to discuss capital planning and other issues this week

What: University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting
When: Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10
: 600 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

Contacts: Chuck Tombarge, University News Service,, (612) 625-8510

February 8, 2012

During its meetings on Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will focus on multiple key issues including the 2012 six-year capital plan, which aligns future investments at University of Minnesota campuses statewide with President Eric Kaler’s vision for the University.

The $1.3 billion six-year capital plan will help ensure student success and access, contribute to the University’s research excellence, ensure more efficient use of space and protect the assets of U of M campuses.

Development of the plan was a collaborative and inclusive process between the University’s colleges, campuses and President Eric Kaler. The plan fulfills the Board of Regents’ 2008 goal of taking a broader, more interdisciplinary approach to planning, as well as focusing on collaboratively controlled space and aligning assets to the University’s strategic goals.

The Board will also receive an update on an initiative to recalibrate risk in the University’s research enterprise. The initiative is a key element for achieving operational excellence and provides a framework to guide the University community toward a more strategic approach to the management of risks across all aspects of its operations.  Such an approach will better inform decision making in the interest of enhancing innovation, creativity, productivity, morale and overall performance. These efforts could also provide relief from some of the financial, personnel and systems costs associated with the University’s highly regulated culture.

President Eric Kaler will also present results of the 2011 public perception and attitude survey and introduce the new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson.

Other key discussion issues will include:

Board of Regents committee meetings will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday. The full Board of Regents meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Friday. More information on the Board of Regents meeting, including the time and locations for committee meetings and a full agenda, can be found at

Tags: All administrative: President, Provost, etc.

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