June 29, 2011
Dear Campus Community:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Bilin Tsai has been named the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective August 1, 2011. Dr. Tsai has been serving as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration since August of 2009. She joined the UMD faculty as an Assistant Professor of chemistry in 1976 and was promoted to Professor in 1991. She has served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for 11 years, as well as Assistant Dean in the former College of Letters and Sciences and as Associate Dean in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago. Please join me in thanking Bilin for her many years of service, and for agreeing to serve in this important role.
I would like to thank the advisory task force that assisted me with the process of choosing the Interim Executive Vice Chancellor: Vickery French, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration; Jannifer David, Head of the Department of Management Studies; Richard Davis, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering; Susan Maher, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Joyce Strand, Head of the Department of Education.
We continue to recruit new candidates for the Executive Vice Chancellor position and plan to have additional campus interviews in October.