May 19, 2011
Dear UMD Community,
Thank you for participating in the search process for the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After meeting with the search committee members, other members of the UMD campus community, and colleagues from outside the university, I have decided to extend the search. The search firm will place new advertisements for the position, and the process of gathering nominations and applications will continue over the summer, with the intention of hiring a new vice chancellor this fall semester.
It is important for me to emphasize that this is not a failed search, but a continuation of the excellent work that the search committee has already accomplished. Four qualified candidates interviewed for the position, and there was not a strong campus consensus about any of the applicants. We have learned throughout the search process and now have a better idea of campus needs. It has been 16 years since we have searched for a new chief academic administrator, and I believe it is important to build a strong consensus for this important campus leadership position.
Linda Deneen has agreed to continue as chair of the search committee. We will be back in touch soon about the next steps of the search.
Chancellor Lendley C. Black