Institutions Like Ours Are an Asset to the Country

Thursday, July 5, 2012

If you haven't already, I encourage you to read President Kaler's recent article in the Star Tribune on the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.

I couldn't agree more. Public research universities like the University of Minnesota are the backbone of this country's higher-education system. The rest of the world hasn't begun to comprehend what an asset the United States has in universities like ours and those in the Big Ten.

It has been thrilling to see President Kaler be such a vocal champion of the University in his first year. We all need to join him in setting aside our "Minnesota Nice" and do a better job bragging about our exceptional students, our world-class faculty, our groundbreaking research, and our impact on the community and the world.

Everyone associated with this great University should feel proud to be a Gopher! Helping to spread the word can help ensure that we'll make an even more meaningful impact in our next 150 years.