University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

President Eric W. Kaler's Welcome to New Employees

President Kaler

Welcome to the University of Minnesota. Congratulations on your new job!

It doesn’t get any better than to come to work at a place where nothing short of transforming society is our primary goal.

Minnesota’s citizens entrust us with building the success and ensuring the excellence of all five campuses of the state’s only public, land-grant and world-class research university. One of my top priorities is to increase the U’s excellence. Exceptional new employees like you will help get us there.

The invigorating work life at the U spans the state: from the sprawling metropolitan Twin Cities campuses to UMD on the shores of Lake Superior; from U of M Crookston, with its high-tech commitment, to U of M Morris, one of the nation’s best public liberal arts colleges; and to U of M Rochester, with its emphasis on health sciences.

And now you are an important part of this extraordinary place with its diverse mission: to teach and train our state’s, the nation’s and the world’s brightest young people; to research and help solve society’s most pressing problems and issues; and to reach out to citizens of Minnesota by contributing to the state’s economy, promoting civil discourse, preserving our natural resources and enhancing our quality of life.

No matter what your specific job or tasks, your work is important in helping the U reach the kind of excellence that, over the years, has meant developing synthetic rubber, creating sturdy wheat, growing new strains of tasty apples, laying the groundwork for the Internet, leading the fights against AIDS and Alzheimer’s, and producing countless writers, business leaders, historians, artists, musicians, teachers, farmers, political scientists, lawyers and engineers who change the world everyday.

I want your experience as a University employee to be a challenging and satisfying one, tackling exciting projects, receiving encouragement, support and candid communications from your leaders, and knowing that your hard work matters, has impact and is greatly appreciated.