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!
Soil Is Life
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 jobsimply 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 opportunitysome may say an obligationto 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 uswith our unique talents and perspectivesis 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.