In this special edition of “This Week @Minnesota,” we go behind the scenes with Eric Kaler, the 16th president of the university, during his first week on the job. We travel to the state’s largest 4th of July parade, see Goldy and a brass quartet greet the president on his first day in the office and gather U students’ thoughts on their new leader.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.