He's been at the helm of the University of Minnesota system for seven years.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, who's retiring this summer but will remain as a faculty member, made his final visit to the Crookston campus as president on Thursday, spending a day meeting with students and campus leaders, and wrapping up his visit by attending the annual Student Awards Ceremony and being the guest of honor at a reception on campus.

Perhaps the highlight of his day was Kaler's visit to the University Teaching and Outreach Center arena, where went on a horse ride. "I haven't ridden a horse for probably 30 years," he told the Times before the start of the Student Awards Ceremony.

During his time as president, Kaler said he was most pleased with the construction of the Wellness Center on the UMN Crookston campus, and being able to work with two "excellent" chancellors, first Fred Wood, who retired/resigned, and current Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause.