“It was interesting to see how he had so many ideas formulated already in such a wonderfully developed way,” Brown said. “It wasn’t just general ideas; it wasn’t just general talking points. He had a lot of nice specific ideas, a lot of great experience that he was ready to transfer over.”
— University of Minnesota graduate student Jonathan Brown after listening to the U’s sole presidential finalist, Eric Kaler, answer questions at a public forum last night. He had the impression Kaler would be ready to lead from Day One.
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.