New Higher Education Leaders, New Cooperative Spirit

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The politics of money makes surprising bedfellows in Minnesota’s higher education community.

Minnesotans often see the two state-run college and university systems as competitors, but in a time of dwindling state aid and a tough economy, new leaders of the organizations pledge to work together.

“There are two new guys in town here who are prepared to think in new ways, ask new questions that haven’t been asked, take a fresh look at things,” said Steven Rosenstone, newly minted chancellor of the St. Paul-based Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, President Eric Kaler of the University of Minnesota, on the job two months, sounds much the same: “If there ever was a time for waste and duplication, that is not now.”

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