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MINNEAPOLIS — In her first public job interview Monday, Dec. 10, in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota’s presumptive next president said the U does not need a “turnaround.” Joan Gabel said the school is a research leader that attracts top students and has strong relationships with corporations and state lawmakers. Asked which university presidents she admired, she named the U’s current leader Eric Kaler first. “The work that he’s done here is a very big part of why I want to succeed him,” she said.
ST. PAUL — A former ticket sales supervisor for the University of Minnesota admitted Friday to stealing $361,336 from the athletics department over five years. Brent Holck, 37, pleaded guilty to felony wire fraud under an agreement with federal prosecutors. He’ll be sentenced May 6. Federal guidelines call for a prison term of 33 to 41 months, plus one to three years of supervised release. He could be fined anywhere from $15,000 to $150,000.
ST. PAUL — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said Thursday, Dec. 6, that the state’s open meeting law puts the Board of Regents at “a real disadvantage” when hiring a new president. The board on Wednesday chose University of South Carolina Provost Joan Gabel as its lone finalist to succeed Kaler. She’ll interview with the board Dec. 14. Gabel advanced largely because the other two unnamed semifinalists — one a university president, the other a provost — refused to go forward unless they were going to be the lone finalist.
ST. PAUL — St. Paul-based Ecolab is giving $5 million to the University of Minnesota to support research and education on environmental sustainability. “This investment from the Ecolab Foundation will encourage collaboration between the University and the business community to ensure a secure, sustainable future for everyone,” Ecolab CEO Doug Baker said Thursday. The gift will establish a $2 million endowed chair for the Institute on the Environment, which is housed on the St. Paul campus.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is poised to hire its first female president. University of South Carolina Provost Joan Gabel will visit all five campuses next week and participate in a public interview with the board Dec. 14. A vote to hire her could take place days later. Regents voted 11-1 during a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5, to make Gabel the lone finalist to succeed Eric Kaler next summer.
MINNEAPOLIS - A University of Minnesota undergraduate studying in Cuba in 2014 said she was raped by a local interpreter who offered to help with her research. The university last year agreed to pay $137,500 to settle a lawsuit brought by the student, Natalie Carlson, who said the group’s chaperone failed to supervise them and mistreated Carlson after the assault. The U, which admitted no wrongdoing, recently released the settlement agreement in response to a records request. Carlson’s attorney, Natalie Feidt, received 40 percent of the U’s payment.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul teacher has accepted a five-day unpaid suspension after a kindergartner left her class in May and walked nearly a mile away from Como Elementary. A neighbor found the child alone, apparently lost, at Arlington Avenue and Como Boulevard and called 911 at 2:45 p.m. on May 7.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota says the disparate outcomes of sexual misconduct cases against several black football players was evidence not that its process discriminated against the men, but that it worked as intended. The U filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought in June by nine football players, who alleged gender and racial discrimination.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has changed the eligibility criteria for two women-only scholarships and is reviewing other awards in response to a complaint of anti-male discrimination. Mark Perry, an economics and finance professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, has made it his “lifelong mission” to stamp out anti-male discrimination in education.
MINNEAPOLIS—In the wake of a political maelstrom over the Senate confirmation of his newest colleague, Chief Justice John Roberts told a University of Minnesota crowd Tuesday, Oct. 16, that the U.S. Supreme Court "must be very different" from Congress and the office of the president. During his opening remarks and in response to questions, the 2005 George W. Bush appointee described his efforts to keep the justices working together and independent of political influence. The justices pause to shake hands before hearing cases, he said.