New U president calls for more education investment

6:34 PM, Sep 22, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The new president of the University of Minnesota did not waste time getting to work.

Eric Kaler, the U's 16th president, called for a re-investment in education during his inauguration Thursday. Kaler said there is much work to do if the U wants to remain a top school.

"If we don't invest if we don't attract and retain the best scientist. If we don't recruit and retain the best young investigators and the best young minds, we absolutely will not discover new things," Kaler said during his speech.

"Instead we will wither as a university and we will decline as a state," he said.

Kaler is leading his call for investment. His family has established a scholarship for four undergraduate students.

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