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U of M officially welcomes new president

A faculty procession and a sense of change accompanied the ceremony to welcome the University of Minnesota's next president. Eric Kaler becomes the university's 16th president. He replaces Robert Bruininks who is retiring his administration post, but will return to teaching.
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A faculty procession and a sense of change accompanied the ceremony to welcome the University of Minnesota's next president. Eric Kaler becomes the university's 16th president. He replaces Robert Bruininks who is retiring his administration post, but will return to teaching.

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