Aug. 8, 2011

Organizational Changes at the University of Maryland

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce several organizational changes within the Office of the President, specifically the Office of External Affairs.

In light of the importance I attach to our relationships with state, federal, and community leaders, T. Sue Gladhill, MSW, will now serve as chief government and community affairs officer and vice president, and she will continue to report directly to me. Ms. Gladhill will be instrumental in enhancing our presence at the federal level, and will strengthen the University's already strong ties with our Baltimore and statewide constituencies as she works to form new partnerships and collaborations.

A national search for the vacant position of chief development officer will soon commence. Ms. Gladhill will continue to oversee the University's fundraising activities until such time as a fundraising chief is named. That individual, when named, will report directly to me.

Finally, while continuing in her role as special assistant to the president, Jennifer B. Litchman, MA, has been named interim chief communications officer and vice president. In this capacity, Ms. Litchman will have responsibility for internal and external communications, branding, marketing, media relations, publications, Web development, and special events, and will also continue to report directly to me.

I believe these changes, effective immediately, will allow the president's office to enhance the focus on these critical areas, and will enable us to maintain and increase the strength of the University, today and in the future.

Vice President Gladhill has made many important contributions in leading the Office of External Affairs over the years. Please join me in thanking her for her leadership.


Jay A. Perman, MD