Austen Macalus


President Kaler’s final conversation with the Minnesota Daily

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler had his final conversation with Minnesota Daily before his presidential term comes to an end this July. Kaler discussed the Board of Regents’ decision not to rename Coffman Union and three other buildings on campus and reflected on his eight-year tenure.

Regents vote against renaming Coffman

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted against renaming four buildings despite protesters commandeering a special meeting Friday afternoon to decry the resolution. 

On renaming, regents pursue own historical research

After a University task force recommended renaming four buildings on campus, some members of the Board of Regents went to local archives to do their own research. However, several historians familiar with contextualizing higher education archives and assessing the actions of historic figures see the regents’ approach to this historical debate as insufficient. 

Longtime Regent Cohen set to depart from board

Linda Cohen has served on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for the past 12 years, a tenure marked by a term as board chair, steadfast support for education and, above all else, abiding love for the University.

Where do the regents stand on renaming buildings?

Despite endorsements from top administrators, student leaders and a task force of experts, the ultimate decision to rename buildings on the University of Minnesota campus rests with the Board of Regents. But as discussion on renaming has ramped up, the regents appear split on the issue. A burgeoning rift could prolong the board’s final decision and, possibly, stymie renaming efforts completely.