Friday, July 30, 2010

University of Minnesota President

Job Advertisement in the Chronicle

of Higher Education

- University of Minnesota

After providing exemplary presidential leadership for the past eight years, Robert H. Bruininks has announced his decision to step down and return to the faculty at the conclusion of the next academic year. In turn, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents announces a nationwide search to recruit the 16th president of the University.

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota today is one of the largest and most prestigious public research universities in the nation. It is a land-grant institution, with five campuses, eighteen regional extension offices and more than a dozen research and outreach centers. It enrolls more than 67,000 students, employs 4,100 faculty members, and has an annual budget greater than $3.0 billion. The National Science Foundation Survey of Research and Development Expenditures ranks the University of Minnesota ninth among public research institutions - with more than $563 million in external research funding in 2009. The Scientist magazine placed it fourth among U. S. research universities for patent creation and innovation. The University of Minnesota is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

The Board of Regents expects the next president to build upon the University of Minnesota’s strong foundation of achievement while articulating a clear and compelling vision for the future. The Board is seeking an individual who is a proven, successful leader with experience in an academic enterprise of similar complexity to the University of Minnesota and who possesses an understanding of and enthusiasm for the land-grant role and tradition. The next president will be dedicated to academic excellence and quality in education and research while contributing to the outreach needs of the state. The selected individual will be an innovative and inspirational leader who can effectively communicate the importance of the University, enhance public trust in the institution, and successfully enlist financial support from public and private sources.

A complete ‘Presidential Profile’ and encompassing information about the search can be found at

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new president is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit your materials to the address below by August 20 to assure optimal consideration.

R. William ‘Bill’ Funk

R. William Funk & Associates

100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200

Dallas, Texas 75205


Fax: 214/295-3312

~The University of Minnesota is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer~

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