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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.

I write with heartbreaking news, the loss of the first University staff member from complications due to COVID-19. I share this information with the family's permission.

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Under the Governor's directive, all Maryland residents must now shelter at home, except to leave for "an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine ... or other necessary purpose." Over one-half of the states are under a similar order. 
 
It is a reminder of our civic responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe. Only then will we slow the spread of this pathogen that has upended our lives, shuttered wide swaths of the economy, and caused the number of unemployed workers to soar.

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I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2021 capital budget request.  We greatly appreciate the General Assembly’s ongoing support of our capital requests, which is transforming our campus and the state’s economy.  Together, we are constructing the state’s future.  The University deeply appreciates all that your support makes possible.

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The University System of Maryland Board of Regents released the final report of an independent review of the UMD’s response to the presence of adenovirus on campus, as well as mold in the residence halls, during the fall 2018 semester.

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