I am writing to inform you that after eight remarkable years of accomplishment and service, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin has informed me of her decision to resign from her position as Provost at the University of Maryland as of January 29, 2021. As a community, we owe a significant debt of gratitude to Provost Rankin for her vision, leadership and commitment to academic excellence during a period of steady ascent for our institution.
Today, we saw violence, chaos, and dangerous disregard for the rule of law in our nation’s capital, less than 10 miles from our campus. I hope every member of our UMD community is safe.
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has approved our proposal to name our newest campus residence halls after four individuals who paved the way for the rich diversity and culture that defines our campus today.
As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on a year like no other and celebrate the beauty and resilience in our world. On behalf of the entire University of Maryland family, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
COVID-19 continues to impact every aspect of our personal, professional, and academic lives. It is within this context that we must make decisions about the spring 2021 academic calendar.
Dear Terrapins, I write to you today to commend the leadership of Black student leaders who have agreed to partner with me and other university leaders to pursue an anti-racist agenda here at the University of Maryland. On July 1, my first day as president, I announced two priorities for our campus. One, we will achieve excellence in everything we do -- research, teaching and learning, arts, and athletics. And two, we will create an inclusive, multicultural environment.