Brainerd Dispatch: U of M head speaks in Brainerd lakes

EXCERPT: “University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler wants outstate residents to know the state’s largest institution of higher education is working for them, too. Kaler shared his commitment to the ‘Block M’ brand and what it represents to Minnesota residents Friday, May 4, at a Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce luncheon hosted at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. High above the freshly thawed waters of Gull Lake in the resort’s main dining room, Kaler told an audience of area business leaders, government officials and others the university is committed to its mission to improve the lives of Minnesotans. ‘It’s really a brand that’s attached to an institution that delivers an incredibly important mission, and emotional mission, of bringing health and education and well-being and prosperity to the people of Minnesota,’ Kaler said. ‘The mission has an extraordinary statewide impact.’ In a brief presentation before taking questions, the university president touched on graduation rates, student debt, research, philanthropy and outreach through the extension services in all 87 counties.” FULLSTORY: