July 19, 2011
President's Statement to the University of Maryland Community:
Maryland Athletics has a long, proud, and storied tradition. Our school has produced great student athletes, great coaches, winning seasons, and national championships. Furthermore, athletics are an integral part of campus life. They add a valuable dimension to our students' academic and social experiences. They promote loyalty, pride, and school spirit among alumni, friends, and supporters as well as among the student body.
Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA)
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to excellence. This means fully supporting our student athletes so that they excel in the classroom and on the playing field. This commitment is now constrained by financial concerns.
For the past several years, including the most recent fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, ICA's expenditures have exceeded revenues. It has been necessary over this period to balance the annual operating budget by transfers from ICA's accumulated fund balance (or "reserves"). Reserves are normally used for purposes such as these transfers. However, the reserves are now depleted. The budget shortfalls will likely grow in the coming years if the finances and operations of ICA continue unchanged. ICA must continue to be a self-supporting operation.
Therefore, I have appointed the "President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics." It is composed of highly respected leaders of our various constituencies: University System of Maryland Regents; University of Maryland College Park Foundation Trustees; University Senate; Athletic Council; Student Government Association; Student Athletics Advisory Council; faculty; staff; alumni; and Terrapin Club.
The charge to this Commission is to:
To support the work of the Commission, my office will make available administrative, financial, legal, and communications staff who can assemble information and provide professional assistance. The Commission may choose to hold open forums.
- Review the finances and operations of ICA and make recommendations to secure (a) greater excellence in academics and athletics and (b) financial sustainability;
- Make recommendationsbased on a consideration of all optionson ways to increase ICA revenues and decrease costs, recognizing that longstanding budget issues may require a multi-year plan to implement any changes and restore budgetary stability;
- Be guided by the paramount commitment of ICA to the success of our student athletes, so that (a) they are well-supported to succeed in their studies and in their careers after graduation, and (b) they and every sponsored team are well-supported to be consistently competitive at the highest level;
- Perform its work as strategically, transparently, and consultatively as possible;
- Submit by November 15, 2011, its report (including recommendations) to the President.
Thereafter, the timeline for actions is as follows:
Although we now face financial challenges, we have faced them before. We surmounted them with hard and smart work, determination, and with the support of Terps everywhere. We will surmount them again. The work of the Commission is an important step to ensure the future success of Maryland Athletics.
- Upon receipt of the Commission's report, I will forward it to Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and to the University's Athletic Council (UAC) for their review.
- By December 1, 2011, Director Anderson submits to UAC and to my office his response to the Commission's report.
- By December 15, 2011, UAC submits to my office its response to both the Commission's report and Director Anderson's response.
- By December 31, 2011, I announce my decisions, informed by these submissions and any further consultations, as appropriate, with various constituencies. The Commission's report and the requested responses will be made public.
The Commission members are listed below. I thank them in advance for their service.
Wallace D. Loh
University of Maryland
President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Maryland
Mr. Barry P. Gossett
Board of Regents; chair, University System of Maryland Foundation; chairman, Acton Mobile Industries, Inc.
Dr. Linda M. Clement
Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. John M. Brophy
Past Chair and current member, UMCP Foundation Board of Trustees; former president, Lockheed Martin Integrated Solutions Company
Ms. Dominique M. Dawes
Co-Chair, President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics
Dr. Patricia S. Florestano
Chair, Educational Policy Committee, Board of Regents; former Maryland Secretary of Higher Education
Dr. Nicholas J. Hadley
Faculty Athletic Representative; chair, University Athletic Council; Professor of Physics
Dr. Eric S. Kasischke
Chair, University Senate; Professor of Geography
Mr. Clifford M. Kendall
Immediate past chair, Board of Regents; chairman, VSE Corporation; former chairman and CEO, Computer Data Systems, Inc.
Dr. James C. McShay
Associate Director, Stamp Student Union; Director, Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy
Ms. Missy Meharg
Head Coach, field hockey; elected chair, UMD Coaches Council; member, UMD Athletic Council
Dr. Karabelle Pizzigati
President, Terrapin Club; chair, Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.; former president, National Association of State Boards of Education
Mr. Harvey L. Sanders
Chair, UMCP Foundation Board of Trustees; former chairman, CEO and president, Nautica Enterprises
Dr. Lee Thornton
Professor and former Interim Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Interim Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
Ms. Martha R. Vanlieshout
President, Student Athletic Advisory Committee; majoring in government and politics
Dr. Donna L. Wiseman
Professor and Dean, College of Education; former chair, President's Commission on Women's Issues
Dr. Ann G. Wylie
Senior Vice President and Provost; Professor of Geology
Mr. Kaiyi Xie
President, Student Government Association; majoring in mathematics and bioengineering
Mr. Brian Ullmann
Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications