University of Vermont

Installation of 26th President - E. Thomas Sullivan

Installation Speaker: Robert H. Bruininks

Robert BruininksProfessor and President Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Dr. Robert H. Bruininks is president emeritus of the University of Minnesota and Elmer L. Andersen President Emeritus Chair in educational and civic leadership at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Education and Human Development.

As a faculty member and administrator, Bruininks worked to advance excellence in the academic mission and public responsibilities of the University. As president, he and his leadership team undertook a transformative strategic positioning effort to raise the University’s academic quality, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources. Advances in academic quality included improvements in the student experience, expanded undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities and a campus-wide Honors Program for the Twin Cities campus, helping to fuel high student satisfaction rates, increased applications and enrollment, and significantly improved graduation rates.

He remains a leading advocate for reform and accountability in PreK-12 and higher education. During his presidency, he strengthened the University’s leadership with preK-12 educational systems by establishing the University’s College Readiness Consortium and by serving on the Governor’s Minnesota Early Learning Foundation. He was co-founder of Minnesota’s P-20 Educational Partnership comprised of state educational, civic, and business leaders. He received a national leadership award from the Kellogg Foundation and special leadership awards from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association, and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. He was named Minnesotan of the Year in 2003 by Minnesota Monthly, and in 2009, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal named him Executive of the Year.

Bruininks served as Chair of the Big Ten Presidents’ Council from 2007-08, as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors from 2006-10, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, serving as chair from 2008-09. Bruininks served as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board from 2003-2009. Bruininks is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Society, and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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