Morris chancellor to Kaler: Remember, there's life outside the Twin Cities

You are the system president. It is so easy to get caught up -- and how could you not -- in the business of the day in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I have sometimes joked that it's a Twin-centric focus. The system officers are in Morrill Hall, almost exclusively. So it's inevitable.

I would encourage him to make sure he builds into his calendar the opportunities to physically get out to the campuses and many offices of the system in a regular way.

Each campus is distinct. There's the research one, in the Twin Cities. Crookston has its focus on technology and different ways of delivering education. Rochester with the medically related degree programs. Duluth, which I think of as the regionally comprehensive campus and then Morris, which is liberal arts.

We must be cleaner and crisper about who we are and why we are.

-- UMN-Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson in a Star Tribune article on the advice some people would give new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.

Other "advisers" are state Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan), graduate-student leader Abou Amara, union steward Chereene Horazuk, Admission Possible CEO Jim McCorkell and Carlson School of Management overseer Jeffrey Noddle.

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