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Reader's view: Regents will ensure UMD has the money it needs

A week ago this afternoon I pulled into Duluth with fellow University of Minnesota regents for a visit with University of Minnesota Duluth leaders, faculty, staff and students. I always enjoy visiting Duluth, and last week’s trip was no exception.

On Wednesday evening we honored student athletes at an inspiring community dinner. These were Bulldogs who represent themselves and their school well, both in competition and as students. As importantly, they are dedicated to public service in the Duluth community, building memories and connections that will stay with them long after they’ve hung up their jerseys.

Thursday brought a firsthand look at some of the incredible work and important research being done on a daily basis across campus, including at the Natural Resources Research Institute, or NRRI. It’s clear UMD continues to have a positive impact regionally and throughout our state.

We also came away with a better understanding of the preparations under way to address the dynamic challenges of higher education budgeting. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black and the university’s Office of Budget and Finance continue to provide strong leadership and attention to this issue, and we have the highest level of confidence the solutions moving forward will maintain the school’s critical value to the University of Minnesota system and the entire state.

UMD’s success on all fronts is paramount, and we will continue to ensure the necessary resources are available to advance the distinct mission of the campus and establish a strong foundation for the future.

Richard Beeson

St. Paul

The writer is chairman of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.