2017-05 From the President: UMRA and U reach understanding

A number of years ago John Adams, UMRA past president, began conversations with numerous University of Minnesota administrators regarding the pros and cons of developing some type of formal linkage with the University of Minnesota in order for both UMRA and the University to work more closely with one another on behalf of mutual agendas and goals.

When she became UMRA president in 2015–16, Jean Kinsey joined the effort and, taking John’s work to the next level, she led a team who worked with the Office of the Provost and the General Counsel’s office to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Minnesota and UMRA.

Now, as my term as president nears its conclusion, we have exciting news to report. All of those hours and hours of meetings and conversations, led first by John and then by Jean, have concluded in a signed document.

This past month both I, as president of UMRA, and Karen Hansen, executive vice president and provost, signed the Memorandum of Understanding. The intent of the agreement is to support and further the respective missions, goals, and programs for both organizations.

Most important for now, the MOU gives UMRA a home within the University in the Provost’s Office. It is a place to begin the conversations on how we can develop the specific measures and programs that can assist both the University and UMRA.

Please click here for a copy of the MOU for your review. Over the next year, the Board will update the UMRA membership on the development of the mission and program relationship.

— Donna Peterson, UMRA President, 2016–17