Robert Bruininks

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Robert H. Bruininks (born February 22, 1942) is the former President of the University of Minnesota. He was named president on November 8, 2002 after briefly serving as the interim president. He has been employed by the University of Minnesota since 1968. He was the 15th full-time president in the history of the University of Minnesota. He is married and has three adult sons.

Bruininks sent a university-wide email on May 5, 2010, stating that the '10-'11 school year would be his last as president of the university. He said, "I have truly treasured this opportunity to serve for the past 13 years as provost and president, but I look forward to returning to the best job I have ever had at this great University--that of professor--and Susan and I look forward to pursuing our personal interests and spending time with family, including our grandchildren." He stepped down as president of the university on June 30, 2011 and returned to teaching as a professor in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. While there, Bruininks worked on issues of public leadership, human capital, and higher education policy until his retirement in 2013. [1]

In 2015, the University of Minnesota building formerly known as the Science Teaching and Student Services Center (STSS) was renamed Robert H. Bruininks Hall in honor of the university's former president. The structure was originally completed in 2010 while Bruininks was still serving as president of the university. At the opening ceremony of the building in August 2010, Bruininks is quoted as saying, "It's appropriate that a building that supports science education and overlooks a great river would be built with principles of sustainability at the forefront." [2][3]


Educational offices
Preceded by
Mark Yudof
President of the University of Minnesota
2002 – 2011
Succeeded by
Eric W. Kaler