Jerry Kill, the new head football coach at the University of Minnesota calls himself a small-town guy who likes to work hard. Kill, currently coaching at Northern Illinois, will have to work very hard to convince skeptical fans that he's the right choice to lead the Gophers. Many were hoping a big-name coach would get the job.
For the first time, the University of Minnesota will shut down its campuses across the state over the winter break. Finding ways to save money during the sleepy holiday schedule is part of the school's effort to trim its more than $3 billion annual budget.
Last week the university's board of regents voted to hire Eric Kaler as the school's next president. He'll be paid a base salary of $610,000 a year. He'll also receive $50,000 in retirement funds in second, third and fourth years of his contract.
Some open government advocates say those private meetings appear to be in violation of the state open meeting law, but university officials say they did nothing wrong.
Big challenges lie ahead for Eric Kaler, the man chosen to be the next president of the University of Minnesota, primarily having to do with its financial situation. The state faces a nearly $6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, and higher education is bracing for more budget cuts.
The lone finalist in the search for the next president at the University of Minnesota had a very public and very wide-ranging job interview on the U's Minneapolis campus Wednesday.
In making Eric Kaler the sole finalist last week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents highlighted his resume as an accomplished academic and skilled administrator.
The University of Minnesota's board of regents are expected to name finalists for the school's top job Friday. The university's Board of Regents has the names of four semi-finalists, but those names are being kept secret. The regents will vote on the finalists during their regular monthly meeting at which point the names become public.
Eric Kaler is currently provost at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
A report out Monday suggests slimming down the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts -- the largest department on campus -- to keep it strong in a future where resources for higher education are uncertain.
MnSCU recently paid out more than $370,000 to its 32 college presidents. The performance pay ranges from $8,000 to $15,000.
A committee has sent the names of four semi-finalists for the top job at the University of Minnesota to the board of regents.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, Republicans will control both chambers of the Minnesota legislature.
GOP candidates won dozens of legislative seats in Tuesday's election. Thirty-four incumbents were defeated, all Democrats.
The Minnesota Department of Education is threatening significant fines against an online charter school if it doesn't fix problems with its curriculum and graduation requirements.
College officials in Minnesota hope for an increase in funding next legislative session following years of declining state support for higher education.