The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has begun its search for a new leader to succeed current President Eric Kaler – set to leave his position June 30, 2019.

    We know it is important to hear from Minnesotans across the state throughout this process. This is especially true in communities like Crookston, where the University’s roots run deep.

    That is why I and members of the University’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee were on hand to take your input from community members last week on the qualities they want to see in a new University president.

    I am proud to be chairing the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. This committee, which will solicit input from the community and recommend lead candidates for president to the Board, includes students, faculty, staff, and community members who care about the University’s future.

   We’re traveling the state holding listening sessions on each of our five campuses, and were pleased to hear from dozens of Crookston community members during sessions on September 17.  We heard from many about how to prioritize the success of the University system and ensure its continued contributions to our state, especially in Northwestern Minnesota, as we undertake the important work of selecting a new president.

    I want to personally thank the University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who took time out of their schedule to attend the listening session and participate in this important process.

    There's still time to provide input. To stay engaged throughout this search process, please visit

    Abdul M. Omari of Minneapolis is chair of the President Search Advisory Committee and a Regent with the University of Minnesota.