University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will share his “Perspective on the U” at the Carlson School of Management’s May 1st Tuesday Speaker Series event.

Eric Kaler

The May 1 event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. Purchase tickets or tables by visiting the 1st Tuesday web page.

Since being named president in 2011, Kaler has focused on core priorities: academic excellence, affordability, diversity and a welcoming and respectful campus climate, a world-class research enterprise that aligns with the needs of the citizens and industries of Minnesota, and a deep commitment to public engagement and outreach, locally, and globally.

Kaler has also strived to keep annual tuition increases below the rate of inflation, with the University in the midst of the lowest annual percentage tuition increase over any six-year period since the 1950s. His “operational excellence” initiative is on track to reallocate $90 million in University administrative costs to the U’s mission-driven focuses of teaching, research, and community engagement.

Among other leadership activities, Kaler is chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.

He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

About the Carlson School of Management 1st Tuesday Speaker Series

The Carlson School of Management 1st Tuesday Speaker Series began in 1992 to provide an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Carlson School to continue their management education. The series features top-notch executives addressing hot topics in business and leadership. Held on the first Tuesday of every month, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community and has become an attractive spot for professionals in the metropolitan area to network.