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Todd Knowler in front of Northrop Auditorium
Meet Todd Knowler
Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 12:00

“I came to horticulture in a roundabout way. After a stint in the Marine Corps, I served as a professional welder. Then I went back to school at the University to study environmental horticulture, worked in the private sector for a while, and came back to the University as a gardener.

“I never thought I’d wind up at the U, but I’ve enjoyed working here so much that I’ve been here for 10 and a half years. It’s gratifying to see students and visitors appreciate our work, taking pictures of our flowers and studying on the lawn.

“Outside of my job I volunteer as a Master Gardener in Anoka county through University of Minnesota Extension. I love sharing my passion for plants and also learning from other master gardeners across the state.”—Todd Knowler, Senior Gardener, Teamsters Local 320

Favorite tree: pin oak

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Preventing Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Retaliation course enrollments continue to be paused due to accessibility issues on the part of the vendor. 

Exception form for new staff and/or union faculty positions that are not in the approved budget, and/or a new or replacement positions that pay more than $75,000/year.

Attend one of two sessions, or submit feedback via a form.

The University supports AFSCME employees participating in the "Day on the Hill" event.

Specific roles at the University will have to complete a required online course on disability accommodations and inclusive course design this spring.