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January 2011 Archives

All staff and faculty encouraged to join Inauguration procession

To: UMD Campus Community
From: UMD Inauguration Committee

We are pleased to announce that all staff members are invited to join the procession for the inauguration ceremony for Chancellor Lendley C. Black. The inauguration ceremony, which is the official installation of the chancellor, will be Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Romano Gymnasium.

To help us plan, staff members are asked to sign up by February 11. No academic regalia is required.

Staff Sign Up: http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/inauguration/staff.html

More than 100 faculty members have signed up to march in the procession. While the deadline to order regalia has passed, faculty members with their own cap and gown may still sign up by February 11.

Faculty Sign Up: http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/inauguration/faculty.html

More information on where to line up for the procession will be sent by the end of February. Immediately after the ceremony there will be a reception in the Recreational Gym of the Sports and Health Center.

In conjunction with this symbolic celebration, a series of events are scheduled March 1-5 around the inauguration theme of: Envision, Shape, Unite. A complete schedule of activities is available on the inauguration website at: http://www.d.umn.edu/inauguration

Thank you for taking part in this historic campus celebration.


Posted on January 27, 2011 9:10 AM | Permalink


Inauguration of Chancellor Lendley C. Black: Friday, March 4, 2011

To: UMD Campus Community
From: UMD Inauguration Committee

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of Chancellor Lendley C. Black as UMD's ninth leader. The inauguration ceremony, which is the official installation of the chancellor, will be Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Romano Gymnasium. Immediately after the ceremony there will be a reception in the Recreational Gym of the Sports and Health Center. All members of the UMD campus community are encouraged to attend.

Faculty members are invited to be part of the academic procession during the inauguration ceremony. To sign up to march, please go to:

http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/inauguration/faculty.html

The deadline to order academic regalia is Thursday, January 20.

In conjunction with this symbolic celebration, a series of events are scheduled March 1-5 around the inauguration theme of: Envision, Shape, Unite. A complete schedule of activities is available on the inauguration website at: http://www.d.umn.edu/inauguration

We hope that you will join us in this historic celebration.


Posted on January 18, 2011 9:11 AM | Permalink


Strategic Planning/January

January 10, 2011

TO: UMD Campus Community

FROM: Lendley C. Black, Chancellor

RE: Strategic Planning

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Connie and I spent Christmas in New York with our son Nick's family, including our new grandson, Henry. Chris, our other son who lives in Georgia, met us there. Duluth prepared us well to deal with the blizzard in New York, and we had a great time.

As 2011 begins, the UMD community will focus on developing a strategic plan for the campus, and I would like to invite you to participate actively in this planning process. By the end of spring semester, we will have a new strategic plan for UMD that articulates a refined vision, mission, statement of core values, and a manageable set of goals and action steps. This new planning process will provide guidelines for moving UMD forward over the next few years within the context of shrinking state budgets and rapid change. It will also provide a sharper focus on the distinctive UMD attributes and unique niche that will place UMD among the best higher education institutions of its type in the country.

We have already made significant progress on the planning process, with 15 groups including well over 100 students, staff, and faculty members working on different elements of the overall plan. A 35-member Steering Committee will continue to oversee the planning process, while smaller groups will draft revised statements about mission, core values, campus vision, and other aspects of the overall plan.

At this point we are seeking wider involvement in the planning process, and I am requesting that you do two things. First, please review the Strategic Planning web site at the following address: http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/planning. This site provides additional information about the planning process and offers you a number of opportunities to share your ideas about your hopes and dreams for UMD. Second, please complete a survey that examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that we should consider as a foundation for the planning process. This online "SWOT" survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and can be found at the following address: https://umsurvey.umn.edu/index.php?sid=75834&lang=um. By completing this survey, you will share important information that will provide a foundation for the planning process. It will be most helpful if you can complete the "SWOT" analysis by January 19.

Thank you for any input you may offer to the strategic plan. Your ideas will improve the current planning process and will strengthen UMD for everyone involved with this fine university now and into the future.


Posted on January 10, 2011 11:00 AM | Permalink


Search and Screen Committee, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

January 7, 2011

TO: UMD Campus Community

FROM: Lendley C. Black, Chancellor

RE: Search and Screen Committee, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

I am pleased to announce the membership of the committee which will help us conduct a national search to identify and screen candidates for the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This is the position I announced in November as a replacement for Vince Magnuson.

The committee and I will be assisted by the executive search firm, Academic Search, Inc. The committee will begin its work later this month with the intent of bringing candidates to campus for interviews during the spring semester. The committee will ensure multiple opportunities for input from faculty, staff, and students during the campus interviews. Following this process, I hope to hire the new Executive Vice Chancellor later in the spring with a start date of July 1, 2011.

Please join me in thanking these individuals for their service, and let me know if you have questions or comments.

Thank you.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search and Screen Committee

Linda Deneen, Director, ITSS, Committee Chair
John Arthur, Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
Ann Bergeron, Professor, Theatre and Dance
Jannifer David, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Management Studies
Gary Davis, Regional Campus Dean, Medical School
Patty Delano, Alumni Director
Chelsey Doepner, Student
Don Fosnacht, Departmental Director, NRRI
Vickery French, Assistant to the VCAA
Chris Haidos, Associate Director, Admissions
Tim Holst, Director of Graduate Programs
Tadd Johnson, Professor and Head, Department of American Indian Studies
Kjell Knudsen, Dean, LSBE
Molly Minkkinen, Associate Professor, Education
Elizabeth Minor, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Large Lakes Observatory
Paula Pedersen, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Jeff Romano, Director, Bookstore
Corbin Smyth, Director, Kirby Student Center

Bob Borden, Chancellor's Office Executive Secretary, Administrative Assistant for the Search


Posted on January 7, 2011 10:55 AM | Permalink