From the President
Planning for the Future
As a new academic year starts and we are closer to the light
at the end of this long, 18-month pandemic tunnel, I want to express my sincere
appreciation to all the alumni and supporters of this great institution.
these challenging months, you have helped us come together as a University
community through your selfless commitment to elevate and protect each other’s
health, well-being, and safety. You have shared your voice, your thoughts, and
expectations, as well as your generosity of spirit that inspires and lifts us
As a University, we are poised for greater impact because of your
countless acts of service, from your important input into MPact 2025, our new
systemwide strategic plan; your advocacy in St. Paul in support of our budget
and bonding recommendations; and your ongoing philanthropic support, including
support for students through the emergency fund, those in need, or those who
may be in a job search.
I also want to extend my thanks to the many of you who
have also reached out to me directly, most recently to ask what it might look
like to learn, live, work, discover, and serve as a member of our campus community
this fall. As with all the important decisions we’ve made together, from
our Sunrise and testing plans to our vaccination plans, we are grounded in
guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the infection and
vaccination rates of our campus’s surrounding communities, and insights from
our own internationally renowned public health and medical experts. This
collective information and expertise has kept our Covid-19 rates at some of the
lowest among our peers and positions us for success as we return to our
In this spirit, and as we take our next steps together, we look
forward to more face-to-face collaborations
that say, “We’re Back!” as this alumni issue highlights—from intimate,
small-group seminars, to catching up with friends on Northrop Mall, to
welcoming you back for Homecoming. I also note with great excitement the recent
Gopher Athletics announcement to operate at full capacity for live sporting
events. We have missed seeing and hearing all of you at games, matches, and
meets and we can’t wait to welcome you home, while still providing a safe and
Friends, over the last year and a half, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves,
our institution, and how collectively we learn, work, teach, and serve. Amidst
these challenges our values have shined. As we forge ahead into a hopeful and
collective future, I look forward to continuing to work and engage with you.
And I hope to see you all in person soon to soak up the energy of the new
school year and bustling campus as we celebrate the Maroon and Gold.
Thank you for all that you do for the University of Minnesota.