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Thursday, July 30, 2015

2015 Chancellor's Welcome for All Staff and Faculty - August 24

Dear Campus Community,

I hope you are having a good summer.  We've had some hot and humid days in Duluth recently, but this is still a wonderful time of year to live in the Northland.  We are very busy at UMD getting ready for the beginning of a new academic year and welcoming new students, faculty, and staff.  We have had a number of new and exciting things to celebrate as we kick off a new fall semester, celebrate our accomplishments, and look forward to new beginnings.  I invite all faculty and staff to join me for this year's employee welcoming event on Monday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center, followed by a reception in the lobby.

We will be collecting nonperishable food for Champ's Cupboard, the UMD Food Shelf located in 245 Kirby Plaza. Items specifically needed are, all unused/unopened:

-Canned Chicken/tuna
-Boxed noodles, pasta, etc
-Pasta sauce
-Boxed meals and dinner sides
-Canned meals: spaghetti's, ravioli, etc
-Canned Fruit and Veggies
-Peanut Butter, Jelly, Condiments
-Lighter meals/snacks: Granola bars, etc
-Miscellaneous toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo
-Diapers and laundry detergent

I am looking forward to celebrating the start of another dynamic academic year, and I would like to thank you for your strong commitment to the success of our students. See you soon!

Lendley C. Black

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Announcement - Vice Chancellor for Finance & Operations

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to inform you of a new member to our campus community.  After an extensive and thorough search, Steve Keto has accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations.  His first day on campus will be October 1, 2015.  I am very pleased Mr. Keto has accepted this important position and brings his wealth of experience and success in higher education financial management to our team.

Steve is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor at North Carolina State University and oversees the Budget Office, Controller's Office, Office of Contracts and Grants, and Office of Cost Analysis.  His previous work includes other universities and government agencies.

As Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Steve will serve as the chief financial and business officer.  He will serve as a senior member of the executive team, providing leadership and vision in the areas of financial and operational oversight and planning.  Steve will provide direct leadership to the Business Office and Accounting Services, Facilities Management, and UMD Police.

Steve is an alumnus and earned his accounting degree from UMD along with having completed the Harvard University, Graduate School of Education: Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their time and commitment in this very important role on campus.  Members of the committee were:

Chair, Andrea Schokker, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Mary Allen, Financial Analyst Supervisor
Susan Bosell, Financial Analyst Supervisor
Mary Cameron, Interim Director HR & EO
Christopher Davila, Office of Cultural Diversity
Amy Hietapelto, Dean of LSBE
Sean Huls, UMD Police Department
Morris Levy, Professor
John Rashid, Director of Facilities Management
Paula Rossi, Director of Student Life Budgets and Personnel
Marc Seigar, Professor
Nancy Burley, Administrative Support

Please join me in welcoming Steve to campus.


Lendley C. Black