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Published August 26, 2011, 07:55 PM

New U of M President Visits Crookston Campus

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The new president of the University of Minnesota visited the Crookston campus Friday. Students and faculty had the opportunity to ask questions and get to know the new leader.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The new president of the University of Minnesota visited the Crookston campus Friday. Students and faculty had the opportunity to ask questions and get to know the new leader.

It was a big day for students and faculty at U of M-Crookston, with the big dog on campus.

"I would like to know a little bit more about him because I guess the students don't know too much about him," UMC student Jackie Dullinger said.

"I'm interested to see his thoughts on what we have and if he has any plans on changing anything," UMC student Brooke Novak said.

It was University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's first visit to the campus.

"For him to come here and visit and to physically be here to take a look at what we have and see our facilities, to start getting names and faces put together, very important," professor Susan Brorson said.

Many people asked about budget cuts and financial issues, something the school system is working on.

"Our state appropriation continues to fall as a percentage of our total budget. We are going to be more entrepreneurial, we're going to be more thoughtful and mindful on how we manage our resources," Kaler said.

Kaler toured the campus and met with student leaders and regional legislators.

"I want to be known as the president of the University of Minnesota systems. So for me to be effective at that, I have to come to the coordinate campuses, to see the beautiful facilities," Kaler said.

School officials say the visit was important so Kaler knows the priorities of UMC when he's making decisions.

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