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May 11, 2010
Dear faculty, staff, and students,
After an extensive national search, and broad engagement of the Duluth campus and surrounding community, I am very pleased to announce Dr. Lendley (Lynn) C. Black as the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Black's appointment as chancellor is effective August 1, 2010, pending Board of Regents approval later this week.
Dr. Black's candidacy for this position received strong support from the Duluth and University communities. His demonstrated leadership ability, strong administrative and academic credentials and experience, and commitment to communication, collaboration, and consensus building made Lynn the top candidate for this position, one who I strongly believe has the qualifications and leadership style to drive the unique academic needs of the campus. As the Duluth chancellor, Dr. Black will be responsible for the academic, executive, and administrative leadership of the campus, for facilitating, nurturing, coordinating, and supporting the work of the faculty, students, and staff, and for representing Duluth within the University and with the community, the state, region, legislature, and public and private sectors.
Dr. Black comes to the University from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002 until he was promoted in 2006 to his current position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has an exemplary record of senior administrative experience, including nine years as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, three years as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and over three years as Director of Student Advising at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Dr. Black has a demonstrated record of success leading comprehensive strategic planning efforts with the full engagement of the campus and surrounding communities; establishing strong and trusting relationships with faculty, staff, and students as well as civic and business leaders in the community; leading significant fundraising efforts for both campus and community organizations; demonstrating a strong personal and professional commitment to the value of diversity; leading several curriculum innovation efforts to better support student learning and success; and serving as a vocal advocate for campus needs and priorities. He earned his Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Kansas.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the search committee and members of the Duluth community for their outstanding leadership and their support of this important search process. The engagement of the faculty, staff, and studentsas well as civic and business leaders in Duluth, two of whom personally served on the search committeehas been simply extraordinary.
I am confident that, with your support, Dr. Black will build on the critical progress made in the past several years and provide the vision and leadership needed to further position the Duluth campus and the University for the future. Please join me in welcoming Lynn as our new chancellor for the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Robert H. Bruininks