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President Perman Welcomes Students to Campus

Message From the President

As a father of four, I am well acquainted with the excitement of a new academic year. It is with this same childlike enthusiasm that I greet the new school year here at the University of Maryland, my first as the University president. We have much to be excited about. But first let me greet those in our midst.

To our new students, welcome to one of the world's great universities. You may not know that our roots date back to 1807, when a group of physicians led by John Beale Davidge received legislative approval to create the College of Medicine of Maryland, the founding campus of the University System of Maryland.

To our new faculty and staff, we are very excited to have you join our ranks. Your predecessors, like mine, have set the bar high. But I am confident that you and your colleagues can help us take an exceptional University to the next level.

To our returning students, welcome back! Like the new students, you are on a wonderful academic adventure that will change your life. And in turn, with the training you receive from our previously mentioned illustrious faculty, you will be prepared to change the lives of others for the better.

All of you might have noticed some physical changes around the campus since the spring semester ended. Pharmacy Hall Addition opened as scheduled Aug. 23 and offers School of Pharmacy students, staff, and faculty state-of-the-art space that sets the standard for pharmacy education and research.

Several blocks away at the University of Maryland BioPark, the new state Forensic Medical Center opens Sept. 21, providing many new opportunities for our students. In a stadium-style seating area, they will be able to observe the work of Chief Medical Examiner David Fowler, MB, ChB, a member of our School of Medicine faculty, and his staff. Classes also will be held there.

Behind the scenes, there are some wonderful new programs being considered at our Baltimore campus, our Shady Grove campus in Rockville, and our facilities throughout the state and the world. In addition, in the months ahead, we are looking forward to rolling out a new branding campaign to promote the University. And we will start soliciting your input as we develop a new strategic plan for the University. Founders Week has been pushed back to November to make it bigger and better than ever.

Yes, this is an exciting time to be on our campus.

You may have heard that I want to be an accessible president who insists on civility and being nice to one another. I'm guilty on both counts. So, like it or not, you will be seeing a lot of me around campus. Town Hall meetings are in the planning stages at rotating locations each month, and I hope to offer you an anonymous forum for questions as well. I also plan to put on my white coat and treat patients alongside students and faculty from all the schools one afternoon per month at my President's Clinic. You will hear more on that in the weeks ahead.

In early newspaper stories that coincided with my arrival in July, much was made of the importance I attach to "nice." I expect civility-of myself and in turn each of you. Over time, I will share with you extensive data that demonstrate the significant consequences of incivility to those we serve and its real costs to an organization such as ours. Difficult finances, as well as times of change, often challenge our patience. However, it is precisely times like these that require civility. Being nice and civil is one of my fundamental expectations.

I look forward to us accomplishing a great deal together. I know that by working together, we all can make a real difference and truly enjoy being a part of this great University.

So, welcome to the new school year. Get ready to get to work. We have a lot to get done.

Jay A. Perman, MD
President, University of Maryland

Dr. Perman 2010 Welcome Message from UMB news on Vimeo.

(President Perman's welcome message also is available in the VOICE and at the VOICE ONLINE at www.umbvoice.com.)

Posting Date: 09/10/2010
Contact Name: Ed Fishel
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: efishel@umaryland.edu