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Wallace Loh Inauguration

Dear University of Maryland community:

Last week, I formally accepted the honor and the responsibility to serve as the 33rd president of the University of Maryland. I assume this office with humility, because I stand on the shoulders of the giants who preceded me, Dan Mote and Brit Kiran. They led the university in its remarkable rise in stature and impact, and it is the responsibility of the entire Maryland family — faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends — to continue its upward trajectory.

As your new president, I will continue our ascent by focusing on four strategic priorities:

  • Student opportunity and achievement;
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Internationalization; and
  • Service to the people of Maryland.

These priorities express the dreams, the hopes and the goals that many of you have shared with me in my listening sessions over the past six months. They build on our values and our strengths, and are grounded in our strategic plan, "Transforming Maryland." These four strategic priorities of my presidency are not promises that I make to you. Rather, they represent opportunities for us to pursue together.

For those of you who did not have an opportunity to attend the inauguration ceremony or to watch the live web stream, I am pleased to present a special video from the event. To view, please click here: http://www.president.umd.edu/inauguration/. The video of the entire formal event, including the complete inaugural address can also be viewed at that site.

On behalf of my wife Barbara and I, thank you to everyone for your warm welcome to the Maryland family. We are proud to be Terps, and thrilled to be residents of College Park. Together with the entire Terrapin community, we will be relentless in our drive to the next phase of greatness in all that we do: in academics, in the arts and in athletics.

Sincerely,

Dr. Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland