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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.

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.

President Loh's Statement to the University of Maryland Community: Report from the President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Last July, I formed the President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to review the finances and operations of Maryland's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The charge was to make recommendations to secure greater excellence in academics and athletics and to ensure financial sustainability.

President's Statement to the University of Maryland Community: Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA)

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.

President Loh's Message to the University of Maryland Community

Dear University of Maryland community:

I am pleased to inform you that the final report of the President's Commission on UMD and Big Ten/CIC Integration is available at president.umd.edu/commissions/B1G. This report will guide our University's transition into this athletic conference (on July 1, 2014) and its academic counterpart (Committee on Institutional Cooperation, on July 1, 2013).

Capital Budget Testimony 2016

I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2017 capital budget request.

University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act of 2016

I would like to let you know of a bill just introduced in the Maryland Senate that could have a positive impact on our campus. If enacted into law, it would create a much stronger partnership between our campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, making fuller use of our complementary strengths.

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