Nils Hasselmo, former University of Minnesota president, dies at 87

Hasselmo served as University president from 1988-1997.

Crowds of Waseca supporters yell and wave signs to greet President Nils Hasselmo as he arrives in Waseca to announce his plan to close the campus on Jan. 10, 1991 in Waseca, Minn.  Local residents called Hasselmo the grim reaper of agriculture.

Mark Vancleave

Crowds of Waseca supporters yell and wave signs to greet President Nils Hasselmo as he arrives in Waseca to announce his plan to close the campus on Jan. 10, 1991 in Waseca, Minn. Local residents called Hasselmo the grim reaper of agriculture.

Cleo Krejci

Nils Hasselmo, former University of Minnesota president, died Wednesday at the age of 87, the Star Tribune reported.

Hasselmo joined the University as professor of Scandinavian language and literature in 1965 before becoming president from 1988-1997. He also served as the University’s vice president for administration and planning and associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

“The University of Minnesota has lost a dedicated member of our community. Nils was a remarkable higher education leader, and our University is better because of his service,” said University President Eric Kaler in a statement to the University.

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