It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Spring 2021 semester. 2020 was a difficult year and one that will never be forgotten. We had to learn new ways to connect when we couldn’t do so in person. But as a community, we prevailed.
Earlier this week, Governor Hogan joined Virginia Governor Northam and DC Mayor Bowser in making a joint statement about the upcoming presidential inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr., the nation’s 46th president. I firmly believe this is the right message to send, as health and safety must be paramount in this historic moment.
It has been more than three and a half years since the life of First Lieutenant Richard W.Collins III was senselessly taken on our campus. As a community, we remain deeply affected by the tragic loss.
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.