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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.

President's Message

As you may know, last Saturday at 1:46 AM the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) received a 911 call about a loud party and a possible fight in progress inside an apartment at The Courtyards complex.

Update: Thriving Workplace Initiative

I would like to provide you with an update on the Thriving Workplace Initiative, launched about a month ago.

Update on UMD & Greater College Park

Dear University of Maryland community,

Our campus and the surrounding municipalities are undergoing transformation. This area is now one of the most dynamic in the State for economic, real estate, and community development, catalyzed by the flagship institution’s education, research, and innovation.

UMD and Climate Action 2016

Last week, the University of Maryland was a co-host of the United Nations-sponsored “Climate Action 2016” summit in Washington, D.C. for some 600 invited leaders from around the world. This summit was preceded by a “Climate Action Forum” on our campus that drew over 500 participants from the state and beyond.

National Academy of Sciences

Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences elected its newest class of members, including University of Maryland physics professor Christopher Monroe. This is one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. He joins only 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected in 2016.

A clarion call to action

The American public research university is a monument to American civilization. It leads the world in excellence in education, research, and innovation, and in affordable access.

However, over the last 20 years, and especially since the Great Recession, there has been a gradual but steady public disinvestment in the public research university. The trend is national, structural, and—to date—inexorable. UMD has fared better than most of its peers in terms of state support, but we not immune from the larger economic, societal, and political pressures.

2016 election to AAAS

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences—one of the oldest and most distinguished learned societies in the nation—today announced the election of two members of our community to its class of 2016: Chris Jarzynski, Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Mary Ann Rankin, Professor of Biology and Senior Vice President and Provost.

Highlights of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly adjourned last night after approving measures that greatly benefit our campus—students, faculty, and staff—and Maryland higher education generally.

A thriving place to work

The University must invest in its greatest asset, our talented workforce.


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