University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler will serve as the 2019 Commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota Morris on Saturday, May 18. President Kaler is the 16th president of the University of Minnesota. Kaler will finish his service as president on June 30.
UM Morris Chancellor Michelle Behr said she was honored that Kaler accepted the invitation to speak at Commencement. Among other leadership activities, President Kaler is past chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors. He was co-founder of Generation Next, a coalition of Twin Cities-area civic, business, and education leaders united to help close the achievement and opportunity gaps in Minneapolis and St. Paul area schools.