Provost Domenico Grasso

Grand challenges and great debates

A letter to the University of Delaware community

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Sept. 5, 2013

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Welcome to the new academic year!

Campus Stories

New Vita Nova

Students and faculty enjoy the newly renovated Vita Nova student-run restaurant, and hold a luncheon to celebrate donors Jayne and Chris Malfitano.

Exercise counseling

The University of Delaware's Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology is now offering exercise counseling services at the Nurse Managed Health Center.

I am delighted and honored to be here as the new provost of this great University.

In my short tenure here, there's one question I'm frequently asked: What in the world is a provost? As the chief academic officer of the University, sitting between the deans and the president, the provost has a singular job—simply put, to ensure that our students get an educational experience second to none and to provide our faculty with the resources and support they require to be world-class teachers and scholars. Working together, along with our dedicated staff, we will help this wonderful University continue to be successful, consequential, and impactful across the globe. 

Because of the renown of our faculty and the quality of our students, we have a very real opportunity—some may say an obligation—to commit our efforts to the grand challenges and great debates that define our time. I find this prospect invigorating.  

To move forward, we must continue to embrace this University's commitment to a diverse campus that reflects the cultures, views, experiences, hopes and dreams of our society as a whole. Each of us—with our unique talents and perspectives—is an essential part of what makes this University so vital and vibrant.

I am so excited about where we are today, and I look forward to working with President Harker, the deans, the faculty and the entire academic community; together we will write the next chapter in UD's distinguished history.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and productive school year, and I hope to see you around campus.

Go Hens! 

Domenico Grasso

Provost

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