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Friday, January 8, 2016

Chancellor Black's Message to Campus January 8, 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the 2016 spring semester! I am writing to provide you updates on our EVCAA search and on the upcoming town hall meetings. As I indicated to you in December, I am working with the Registry to identify candidates for the interim EVCAA position. During the winter break, I spoke with Registry staff about our particular needs and interests in an interim EVCAA. They will have resumes for me to review within the next few days, and they are working with me to reach our goal of having an interim in place by the first of February. Dr. Schokker will remain in the EVCAA position until the interim is on campus, and as I communicated previously, she will complete the promotion and tenure recommendations for this academic year.

I am also planning the search process for a permanent EVCAA. At this point, I have developed a preliminary search calendar that includes interviewing candidates on campus in April prior to the end of the semester. I am working on building the search committee and I will ensure opportunity for significant campus input in the interview process. We will conduct a thorough national search, with assistance from Academic Search, and I encourage you to network with your national and international colleagues you feel will be right for this position. Our pool of candidates will be stronger if we have nominations and contacts from UMD faculty and staff.

I encourage you to attend the town hall meeting for your group. The faculty meeting is January 14, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Kirby Ballroom and the staff meeting is January 21, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. also in the Kirby Ballroom. We will use a format similar to the retention and student success town hall last semester. During the first half of the town hall, you will sit at tables and discuss the faculty questions or staff questions I distributed in December. The second half of the meeting will consist of a discussion of the ideas generated at the tables and discussion of possible scenarios for change.

The goal of the town hall meetings is to develop recommendations for how we will move forward within our current resources, and whether our administrative and academic structures best support our strengths and opportunities. Results of the town halls will be shared with the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, and I will consider their recommendations prior to making decisions about next steps. It's important to me and to the campus to have, within the next few months, a specific action plan which will be implemented over the next few years.

Here are links to two documents to assist our discussions at the town hall meetings: a summary document of the UMD expenditure budget by unit over the past three years and enrollment trends by college/school over the past five years.

You have my best wishes for a productive semester. I look forward to seeing you at the town hall meetings.


Lendley C. Black