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In 2008, the University of Maryland developed a comprehensive and bold 10-year strategic plan, “Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations.” In the years since, we have experienced a remarkable rise in accomplishment and reputation. By any measure, our University is now one of the nation’s front-rank public research universities. New opportunities now promise even greater attainments, and we will continue on our path to be considered “equal to the best” among all universities in the world.

Corcoran, UMD and the Arts

As you know by now, the Corcoran (Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design) announced yesterday that its functions would be taken over, respectively, by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, should the parties reach agreement on the details.

Research and Innovation

The lifeblood of a research university is federal investments in basic research and innovation. As you know, over the past several years such investments have been flat or declining because of our nation's overall fiscal health.

Largest Gift in University of Maryland History Set to Transform Computer Science Education

Today, the University announces the receipt of its largest gift ever by a single donor. It will catapult our top-15 computer science program to even greater national and international pre-eminence.

State Revenue Shortfalls and Impacts on UMD

In the months ahead, we will likely face budget challenges. The State of Maryland anticipates shortfalls in revenue this fiscal year of $300M, projected to grow to $650M next fiscal year.

UMD Responses to State-Mandated Budget Cut

Last month, I alerted you that we face budget challenges. The State of Maryland now anticipates a deficit of about $750M that is projected to rise to $1B, if no spending adjustments are made.

Update: State Budget Deficits and UMD budget cuts

I write to update you on how the state's budget shortfalls will affect the University and each of us individually.

University of Maryland President to Become Chair of Charter School with University Ties

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh will become chair of the College Park Academy, a Prince George’s County charter school with ties to UMd, after a state senator recently stepped down from the position.

Updates

Today, Governor Hogan extended a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to state employees into the next fiscal year (begins July 1, 2015), funded by the $68M approved by the General Assembly.

Creating new opportunities for UMD in East Asia

Just back from a 10-day visit to universities, businesses, and government organizations in Seoul and Beijing as part of Governor Hogan's trade mission, I would like to share some outcomes and personal impressions—beyond the space limitations of my daily postings on Twitter.

Changing the culture of college drinking

The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners has approved UMD's request to sell beer at football and basketball games on a one-year trial basis, starting this fall. 

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