In addition to its piece on MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, the Grand Forks Herald also has an interview with new University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, who seems a little more assertive than he has in past interviews.
Sounds like he wants to remind the state legislature just how important the U is to state agriculture:
“You wouldn’t have a soybean industry in Minnesota if it wasn’t for the University of Minnesota. You wouldn’t have a turkey industry in Minnesota if it wasn’t for the University of Minnesota.”
But don’t talk to him too much about administrative bloat:
“When I hear people talking about we are bloated or a waste of money, that makes me mad.”
And enough about his $610,000 annual salary, OK?
“We are the fourth largest institution in the country; I don’t have the fourth largest salary.”