Eric Kaler

University of Minnesota

Besides the Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent’s chair, there may be no hotter seat than that of U of M president. Rarely a semester passes without a scandal or imbroglio, and 2015 was no exception, as the U was hammered for charging out-of-state students bargain tuition and saw both its CIO and athletic director forced out in scandals related to leadership style and sexual harassment, respectively. And this year’s crummy Gopher football season can’t be helping. Still, Eric Kaler enjoys rather emphatic support from the board of regents and seems to have taken the slings and arrows in stride. Maybe he’s wearing asbestos-lined slacks.