Provost Domenico Grasso

Grand challenges and great debates

A letter to the University of Delaware community


Sept. 5, 2013

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Welcome to the new academic year!

Campus Stories

Finkel to speak

David Finkel, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "Thank You for Your Service," will visit UD to discuss his book with freshmen as part of the 2014 First Year Common Reader Program.

End the silence

More than 300 members of the UD community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, gathered on the steps of Memorial Hall and the nearby North Green on Sept. 19 to voice their concerns regarding sexual harassment and assault.

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


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