U of M President Eric Kaler does the honors in Kiehle Auditorium ceremony.

Surrounded by family – including a daughter who flew in by surprise from Switzerland – friends, past and current colleagues and several University of Minnesota Regents, Dr. Mary Holz-Clause was officially inaugurated as the U of M Crookston's sixth chancellor at a well-attended ceremony Friday afternoon in Kiehle Auditorium.

Holz-Clause has actually been officially at the helm of the Crookston campus for around eight months, being hired last spring and starting in the summer to replace the retired/resigned Fred Wood.

The U of M Crookston's agricultural tradition, coupled with Holz-Clause's education and extensive career background in agriculture and Extension, put farming in the spotlight for much of the ceremony, as those making remarks from the podium on stage repeatedly referenced the soil, growth, and the U of M's land-grant tradition.

In keeping with a Holz-Clause family tradition of planting trees to denote special occasions and major life events, a red oak tree will be planted on the UMC Campus Mall near the Harris A. Peterson Gazebo to commemorate and celebrate her inauguration. Of course, the official planting will take place once the temperatures warm up and the snow melts.

Check back for more in-depth coverage of Friday's inauguration events later.