University of Minnesota Crookston
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, will address the University of Minnesota Crookston class of 2022 together with household and associates at the UMN Crookston graduation workout routines at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Thomas J. Vilsack was confirmed as the thirty second United States Secretary of Agriculture on Feb. 23, 2021 by the U.S. Senate. He was nominated by President Joe Biden to return to a task the place he served for eight years beneath President Barack Obama. He was beforehand the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 2009 to 2017 and Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007.
“It is indeed an honor that the United States Secretary of Agriculture will be addressing the University of Minnesota Crookston’s 2022 graduating class. The Red River Valley has a long and proud history of feeding the world. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack has been a strong proponent of supporting rural economic development through investments in agricultural businesses and communities, growing local food infrastructure,” mentioned UMN Crookston Chancellor, Mary Holz-Clause. Holz-Clause added, Vilsak was governor of Iowa whereas I lived there, amongst his signature accomplishments was the growth of the Grow Iowa Values Fund, which stimulated financial growth for the state.
“The fact that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture agreed to serve as our commencement speaker reflects the growing profile of the University of Minnesota Crookston. We are a regional leader in agriculture, and rural economic development,” mentioned John L. Hoffman, vice chancellor for tutorial and scholar affairs. “Mr. Vilsack is known for building bipartisan coalitions to address critical issues including food insecurity, conservation and sustainability, and civil rights in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As our graduates begin their careers of influence at work and in their communities, I have no doubt they will find strength and inspiration from Mr. Vilsack,” Hoffman mentioned.
UMN Crookston’s educational levels are rooted in agriculture and the campus continues to associate with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), the Northwest Research & Outreach Center (NWROC) and the University of Minnesota Extension. Bergland Laboratory is definitely the consequence of a collaborative effort amongst UMN Crookston, AURI and the NWROC. The constructing serves as a middle for instructing, for utilized scholar lab experiences, and for analysis in the agronomic, botanical, and horticultural sciences. The facility was formally devoted as the Bergland Laboratory in 2003. Bergland, a lifelong resident of Roseau, Minn., served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture throughout the Carter Administration (1976-1980).
Vilsack was born into an orphanage in Pittsburgh, Pa., and adopted in 1951. After incomes a legislation diploma from Albany Law School in New York, he moved to his spouse’s residence city of Mount Pleasant, Iowa the place he practiced legislation. His spouse, Christie, was a center and highschool trainer in her early profession and has since served as a senior advisor for worldwide schooling with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
About the University of Minnesota Crookston
One of 5 campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by partaking college students in hands-on studying connecting idea to apply. As the skilled chief in delivering schooling on-line, the Crookston campus gives a particular studying surroundings offering private consideration and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged residents. Visit Crookston at umcrookston.edu.