Application for President of the University of Minnesota

Dear Search Committee for a new President of the University of Minnesota,

We are pleased to learn of the need for a new President of the University of Minnesota.  We believe we are most qualified candidates, especially the two of us together.  We love students and we love Minnesota having lived, trained and worked here for over 15 years.  Please consider this application for President of the University of Minnesota.  We are offering two most qualified individuals for less than the past prices of only one.

Although Dr. Klug loves his current job, he believes that being President of the University of Minnesota along with Dr. Kube would enable him to help even more students succeed which, ultimately, marks the success of their school.  We see endless opportunity and limitless potential.

With us, you do not have to choose between a male or female candidate, or between a candidate with an academic versus an industry background.  Both individually as well as together, we have academic research and teaching successes as well as successes working in industry.  Dr. Klug’s curriculum vitae can be read at: and Dr. Kube’s curriculum vitae can be read at: .  Dr. Klug’s work earning his Ph.D. degree in physiology in the 1990’s paved the way for current stem cell therapies.  He has taught in the biology and biotechnology departments at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for almost ten years now ( ).  In the Minnesota State system, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is the most diverse.  Before that, his work at the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization gave him familiarity with the University’s professors, science and technologies as well as business practices while building on his experiences at the Mayo Clinic and at F. Hoffman-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland.  We know a lot about commercialization of university research ( ), and Dr. Kube is even an experienced patent agent.  In the early 1990’s, she formulated the rapid-acting insulin product, Humalog®, that is on the market, still.

We have been trained and employed by Minnesota’s top institutions, like the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  We worked on the most cutting-edge priorities, such as the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics and commercialization of university research from intellectual property and licensing to starting biotechnology companies and educational programs.  Both of our projects working in Switzerland resulted in granted patents.  We both have published extensively, and Dr. Klug has even published in journals such as Science and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.  Even though hardly any scientists of our generation ever got their own laboratories or funding as we were promised, and even though we had to do all kinds of “alternative” careers that we never signed up for, all of that training along with the diversity of people we worked with in science, education, business and law made us the proven leaders of transformational change that we are.  And how can we succeed if the leaders do not lead?

After being the Director of Development for the promising drug company VitalMedix that was spun out of the University of Minnesota, it has taken a long time for Dr. Kube to get another job, exactly as predicted by the businessmen who laid her off.  This, they said, was because it takes longer for more senior people like Dr. Kube to find a suitable position.  That is why we are so excited to hear of this opportunity to lead the University of Minnesota into the new era.  Drs. Klug and Kube were married for more than 20 years and have now been divorced for more than two years, allowing them to serve together even more objectively while bringing together over a century of experience at the cutting-edge.  From the time they met, Drs. Klug and Kube have never stopped working together, no matter the personal hardships.

Dr. Kube tried hard to get a job the first couple of years after she was laid off.  Unemployment was demoralizing.  She started gardening and reading more about herbal medicines and spirituality.  She started writing what she wanted to write instead of what employers or clients or investors wanted her to say.  A couple of years ago she started blogging ( and ) and publishing books and magazines herself.  Now she is working on zines (little magazines) and trying to become a vendor at zine fests and get her publications into more bookstores.  There have been a lot of positive outcomes.

Here are just a few examples of things we have been right about:

In the 1980’s, the baby boomers were put in charge for innovating.  When Generation X reached that same age, then “experience” was the requirement for the same position.  Now who is better to innovate and to attract students and money to the University of Minnesota and jobs and profits for the state of Minnesota?  As proven leaders of transformational change, our vision of the future school that will allow us all to best embrace the challenges of the future for Minnesota, the USA and the world follows:

Core Curricula of the New School in the New Economy
Departments (Necessities) Example Courses and Research Areas
Physical Water Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Medicine, Engineering (e.g., dams, filtration, irrigation), Environmental Science*
Food Sustainable Farming, Hunting, Gathering and Fishing, Medicine** (e.g., Human, Veterinary, Nutrition, Herbalism), Environmental Science*
Shelter Sustainable Production of Sustainable Construction Materials, Healthy Home Construction, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
Clothing Sustainable Production of Sustainable Fibers, Engineering for Weaving and Sewing, Design (see Arts Department below)
Footwear Sustainable Farming (e.g., Plant fiber and Animal Husbandry), Engineering for Leather-making and Shoe-making, Design (see Arts Department below)
Spiritual Arts & Humanities Fitness and Well-Being (e.g., Dance, Martial Arts, Yoga, Personal Hygiene, Physical Therapy (e.g., gait analysis)), Drawing, Painting, Music, Singing, Writing (e.g., History, Philosophy), Design, Theater, Social Science***

*Environmental Science is used here to describe an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, climatology, botany, astronomy and geodesy to the study of the environment and solutions to environmental problems.

** Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food, said Hippocrates, the father of medicine.

***Social Science is used here to describe an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated to the study of society and the way people behave and influence the world around us (e.g., economics, politics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, ethnography).

Currently, we are working on finishing a report about PTSD that we have been working on for almost three years now as Dr. Kube is recovering from a severe case of PTSD and Dr. Klug is an expert in physiology.  Our personal experience surviving and recovering from this devastating condition has provided much insight that should help to make Minnesota a leader in PTSD research, funding, teaching and treatment.  Once the University of Minnesota is a leader, then its students will go on to lead others at other places.  We request accommodations for Dr. Kube and for everyone with PTSD.

If we are chosen for the position of President of the University of Minnesota, we look forward to engaging our community and hosting as many events at the Eastcliff mansion as possible, such as social dancing and gardening.  We will speak out and we will speak up to tell people the truth that is good, not necessarily what they want to hear.  We will foster intercultural development and diverse problem solving because none of us is as smart as all of us and the University of Minnesota should be a leading example of a democratic society.  We will engage in balanced and transparent deal-making with no hidden agendas, windfalls, renegotiating, reneging, etc. by either party.  We will focus on sustainability and that 5-10% growth every year long-term is not sustainable.  The same old answers and approaches are not working and are not going to work.  The only thing that doesn’t change is that things change.  Change is all we know because we are innovators always living on the cutting-edge.  We are ready for more.  Are you?

We believe in transparency and will post this application at .  We wish you all the best in hiring the best candidate(s).  Thank you for your consideration.


Drs. Michael Klug and Marie Kube




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