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To foster the education, critical thinking and intellectual growth of students, to create and apply new knowledge via research, scholarship and the creative arts, to improve the surrounding world, we must first foster an inclusive community of global citizens committed to academic freedom. We are dedicated to act with entrepreneurial spirit, embrace the power of technology, operate with fiscal responsibility and administrative efficiency, foster transformational change and create a vibrant surrounding community.

Frederick Douglass Square at UMD

If one listens carefully, one might hear the fire of the great abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass crackling outside of Hornbake Library. A towering bronze statue has been installed on the plaza and Douglass Square will be formally dedicated next week. 

Veterans Day—Dec 2015 Commencement speaker: Medal of Honor alumnus

In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice silenced the guns in the "war to end all wars." 

"State of the Campus 2015" video

On Tuesday, I outlined a path forward for our University in the annual State of the Campus address to the University Senate.

Flags at half-staff and "the clash of ideas"

The American and Maryland flags are flying at half-staff through Thursday, November 19, as directed by President Obama and the Maryland Secretary of State, to honor the victims of the Paris attack.

Welcome Back: Let's get to it

I want to extend an enthusiastic welcome to all of you — students, faculty and staff — as we start a new academic year.

A Safe Workplace: Everybody's Business

The University of Maryland is a world-class public research university with a community of outstanding faculty and staff. As a premier institution, we promote a healthy and respectful work environment for everyone. It is not only the law, it is the right thing to do.

University’s IQ Is Rising

This academic year provides ample evidence that this university's "IQ" is rising. Our "Innovation Quotient" sparkled with flashes of creativity by students, faculty and staff.

Welcome to a New School Year

A hearty welcome to all the new students, faculty and staff, as well as to all the returning members of our university community. A season of change is upon us as we begin a new academic year.

It’s All Happening

Even in January, “buds” are opening on this university’s campus — symbols of growth and vigor.

Our Campus Safety

The phone call shattered the early morning stillness when I learned one of our students had shot a housemate to death, severely injured another and then taken his own life on Feb. 12.

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