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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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For the rest of FY23, approvals for unbudgeted positions and for any positions* paying $75,000 per year or more must be approved by OHR or the Provost's Office.

HR Leads and University senior leaders can get a statistical overview of employees in your unit who are on extended leaves using the new Leave of Absence Scorecard.

Graduate Assistant Unionization Effort Microsite Now Live

The Civil Service Seniority Units roster has been updated and reformatted for the first time since October 2011.

Juneteenth will be observed Monday, June 19, 2023.