The President's Message

Each month, The President’s Message updates the UMB community on University initiatives; spotlights faculty, staff, and student achievements; and promotes upcoming UMB events.


  • November 2019
    President’s column on his visit to UMB colleagues in Africa; looking back at Founders Week and the CEC groundbreaking; 1807 arts journal reunion; faculty members develop IPE internship; remembering Elijah Cummings; UMB CURE Scholars Program welcomes fifth cohort
  • October 2019
    President’s column on why he speaks out on matters of public debate; looking ahead to Founders Week and CEC groundbreaking; School of Medicine nets huge flu vaccine grant; Augustine kicks off White Paper on Core Values; Downtown Partnership hails Perman; Workplace Mediation Service launches; MileOne Autogroup donates two PAL vans
  • September 2019
    President’s column on BioPark growth and innovation; Founders Week award winners named; Environmental Services Week; stories on nursing informatics institute, new CURE Scholars director, Pharmacy’s master’s program in medical cannabis, a new playground for Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School, Student Counseling Center move, simulation primer for YouthWorks interns


  • July-August 2019
    President’s column on UMB’s Global Health Summit and internationalization process; stories on ‘momentous’ CITS audit, PATIENTS Day, Project SEARCH graduation, alumni event featuring Michele Norris, Employee Development Day, and new police comfort dog
  • June 2019
    President’s column on his State of the University Address; a look back at commencement; UMB strategic plan progress report; 1807 arts journal launches; fellows release White Paper on gun violence; entrepreneurial students make Grid Pitch; Spring Fest unites neighbors; CURE Scholars celebrate year of success
  • May 2019
    President’s column on students’ global and entrepreneurial experiences; longtime and award-winning employees honored; IPE Day draws 240; former White House social secretary promotes civility; First Lady Yumi Hogan exhibits her art; students discuss campus climate survey; Emergency Management revisits first year.
  • April 2019
    President’s column on MPower’s expanding impact; Women’s History Month symposium promotes personal and professional growth; dental students treat 600+ at Mission of Mercy; law student to join Board of Regents; N.Y. Times reporter talks politics and polarization in the age of Trump; James McHenry students demo medication-dispensing robot.
  • March 2019
    President’s column on UMB’s most successful commercialization year ever; Alsobrooks urges MLK crowd to ‘redeem the dream’; HSRF III wins Gold LEED Award; UMB CURE Scholars impress lawmakers; a look ahead to Women’s History Month and Core Values events.
  • February 2019
    President’s column on his Panel on Politics and Policy; new Elm is coming; sexual harassment addressed at Q&A; art and literary journal to launch; 20 employees benefit from Live Near Your Work in 2018; Police Chief Cary reflects on her first six months.
  • January 2019
    President’s column on the Graduate School’s centennial; Mikulski urges civic engagement; School of Medicine launches cultural transformation; stories on seed grant events here and at College Park; CURE Scholars enjoy Winter Wonderland; crime falls 21 percent in UMB Police year-end report.
  • December 2018
    President’s column on UMB’s record-shattering year in grants and contracts; HSRF III’s ceremonial opening; TEDx UMB showcases our big ideas; Project Feast serves Thanksgiving meals to those in need; SON, SSW win HEED awards for diversity.
  • November 2018
    President’s column on his trip to Asia; a look back at Founders Week; new cohort of CURE Scholars dons white coats; kinetic sculpture unveiled; UMB Police launch COAST outreach team; a look ahead to TEDx and Barbara Mikulski visit.
  • October 2018
    President’s column on Promise Heights; a look ahead to Founders Week; President’s Symposium and White Paper Project tackles gun violence; Diversity Advisory Council presentation; leaders discuss policing and emergency management; new CURE Scholars documentary coming to MPT.
  • September 2018
    President’s column on the Interprofessional Care Transitions Clinic; improved UMB mobile app launches; CURE Scholars and YouthWorks interns embrace summer learning; congressional delegation gets peek at Health Sciences Research Facility III; police are a hit at National Night Out.


  • July-August 2018
    President’s column on immigrants’ rights; a Q&A with new Police Chief Alice Cary; a preview of Campus Life Services’ Welcome Month; stories on UMBrella scholarships, Project SEARCH’s graduation, Teaching with Technology Day, and more.
  • June 2018
    President’s column on his State of the University Address; revisiting commencement, UMB’s Neighborhood Spring Festival, Glendening and Ehrlich’s political discussion, and CURE Scholars’ end-of-year celebration; philanthropic gifts to schools of medicine and nursing; a new Live Near Your Work story; and UMB police start active shooter response training.
  • May 2018
    President’s column on a new home for the Community Engagement Center; stories on Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director, IPE Day, our celebration of the late Angela Brodie, and Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program; and a look ahead to commencement.
  • April 2018
    President’s column on UMB's global/local program, recaps of employee recognition and human trafficking events, a Project SEARCH Housekeeping story, CURE Corner spotlights, a Live Near Your Work success story, and more.
  • March 2018
    President’s column on Women’s History Month, a 2017 global education recap, a look back at our Black History Month presentation, and more.
  • February 2018
    President’s column on the Live Near Your Work Program, a look ahead to Dr. Perman’s quarterly Q&A on March 7, CURE Corner, a story on Jody Olsen’s nomination as Peace Corps director, and a safety tip on winter driving.
  • January 2018
    President’s column on UM Ventures 2.0, a look ahead to Pamela Hammond’s Black History Month speech, and stories on Tom Sullivan’s Catalyst presentation, the Snap! Photo Contest winner, and 2017 UMB crime report.
  • December 2017
    President’s column on proposed Medicaid cuts, a holiday greeting, a Quarterly Q&A reminder, Russell McClain’s Diversity Advisory Council presentation on bias, volunteers help at Project Feast, CURE welcomes its third cohort of young scholars, and holiday safety tips.
  • November 2017
    President’s column on UMB’s outreach to alumni, a wrap-up of Founders Week, Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, MPower seed grant recipients and an award for the BioPark, plus stories on RISING Baltimore and the schools’ Mission of Mercy community service.
  • October 2017
    President’s column on the Catalyst fundraising campaign, a look ahead to Founders Week and Derreck Kayongo’s Politics and Policy presentation, a recap of the quarterly Q&A, and a safety tip for pedestrians.
  • September 2017
    President’s column on the Launch Your Life program, UMB Night at the Ballpark, a look ahead to the quarterly Q&A, a recap of the YouthWorks and CURE Scholars summer programs, a former patient kayaks to honor the late Dr. Brodie, and a safety tip concerning personal property.


  • July-August 2017
    President’s column on the Facilities Master Plan, UMB named a great place to work, a look ahead to Welcome Month, a recap of the Climate Survey, dental students help at the Special Olympics, Project SEARCH class graduates, security guard celebrates 53 years at UMB.
  • June 2017
    President’s column on his State of the University Address, a look back at commencement, a story on Police Chief Tony Williams’ retirement, an invitation to Dr. Perman’s June 19 Q&A, Matt Hourihan’s presentation on the federal research budget, CURE Corner, and more.
  • May 2017
    President’s column on changing UMB’s logo, a story on Malinda Hughes donating her Employee of Year prize to CURE Scholars, a global health update, and a look ahead to the State of the University Address and commencement.
  • April 2017
    President’s column on the Neighborhood Spring Festival, stories on lectures in the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a philanthropy story, and CURE Corner.
  • March 2017
    President’s column on the UMBrella Coaching Program, stories on presentations in the Core Values Speaker Series and the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a safety tip, and CURE Corner.
  • February 2017
    President’s column on UMB joining Johns Hopkins in the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, stories on Spirit Day and philanthropy, a safety tip, and CURE Corner.
  • January 2017
    President’s column on the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership; stories on UMB's 2016 crime statistics and the Snap! Photo Contest; invitations to Spirit Day, Jan. 18, and our Black History Month celebration, Feb. 1; a look ahead to the Core Values Speaker Series featuring Wes Moore on accountability, Feb. 14; and CURE Corner.
  • December 2016
    President's column on launching the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy, a holiday greeting, an update on UMB’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, an invitation to join the Maryland Charity Campaign, CURE Corner, and a holiday public safety tip.
  • November 2016
    President’s column on a joint community engagement plan with UMMC, a look ahead to Wes Moore’s core values lecture on accountability, a YouthWorks story on Harold Carr III, CURE Corner, and a public safety tip.
  • October 2016
    President’s column and personal reflection on UMB’s Community Engagement Center, a look ahead to Founders Week, revisiting the launch of the Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series, a visit with new UMB ombudswoman Laurelyn Irving, and CURE Corner.
  • September 2016
    President’s column on the first anniversary of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, framework for the 2017-2021 strategic plan, a welcome for Chief Philanthropy Officer Tom Sullivan, and a look ahead to UMB Day at Oriole Park, the Quarterly Q&A, and the Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series.


  • July-August 2016
    President's column on his promises for a troubled world; wrapping up the 2011-2016 strategic plan; introducing Dawn Rhodes and TaShara Bailey; a Project SEARCH profile on Mikeia Jones; a look at the new SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • June 2016
    President’s column on his 2016 State of the University Address; revisiting commencement through pictures; a recap of the 2017-2021 strategic plan town hall; summer safety tips
  • May 2016
    President’s column on the 2016 General Assembly session; looking ahead to commencement; a recap of the State of the University Address; a YouthWorks success story; CURE Corner
  • April 2016
    President’s column on HRS's personnel equity analysis; the mayor’s Women’s History Month speech; Brit Kirwan’s core values presentation; a look back at the Strategic Partnership Act forum
  • March 2016
    President’s column on UMB’s Middle States Self-Study Report; a roundup of recent achievements by faculty, staff, and students; a report on UMB's year-end police stats; CURE Corner; a YouthWorks success story
  • February 2016
    President’s column on working with and for our neighbors; a roundup of achievements by faculty, staff, and students; a thank you to those who dug UMB out of the snow
  • January 2016
    President’s column on Dr. Perman's hopes for 2016; a roundup of recent achievements by faculty, staff, and students; a look ahead to our Black History Month event
  • December 2015
    President’s column on recent UMB actions to improve diversity and inclusion on campus and enhance cultural competency; a recap of the President’s Q&A on public safety; announcement of the 2015 “Snap!” photo contest winners 
  • November 2015
    President’s column on the intersection of global-local scholarship and service; a profile of Kiana Harvey, School of Pharmacy, who came to UMB through YouthWorks, a job-readiness program run by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
  • October 2015
    President’s column on the University’s 20th annual Founders Week; an article on UMB winning the 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
  • September 2015
    President’s column on the UMB Community Engagement Center in West Baltimore; a recap of the University’s second “Conversation About Race”


  • July-August 2015
    President’s column on UMB’s expanding community engagement portfolio; an article on the Procedures Library—a centralized resource helping UMB employees complete routine business processes
  • June 2015
    President’s column on the 2015 State of the University address; a recap of Norm Augustine’s core values lecture on leadership
  • May 2015
    President’s column on Commencement; a wrap-up of the 2015 General Assembly session
  • April 2015
    President’s column on the Core Values Speaker Series; an update on changes to UMB’s sexual misconduct policies
  • March 2015
    President’s column on UMB’s role as an anchor institution; an article on the University’s economic development priorities; a story on UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture
  • February 2015
    President’s column on UMB’s efforts to create a dynamic University community; an overview of CY 2014 campus crime statistics
  • January 2015
    President’s column on UMB’s efforts to stimulate Maryland’s innovation economy; an article on UMBrella—group dedicated to advancing women’s professional success
  • December 2014
    President’s column on the UMB CURE Scholars Program—an effort to guide West Baltimore students into health sciences careers
  • November 2014
    President’s column on philanthropy and service as ways to honor the Thanksgiving tradition; a preview of UMB’s Ebola symposium; a wrap-up of the campus safety town hall
  • October 2014
    President’s column on a grant program supporting interdisciplinary global health projects; an article on UMB’s vision for local community outreach and engagement
  • September 2014
    President’s column on MPowering the State—a research, education, and service alliance between UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park; an update on UMB’s Research HARBOR, providing informatics research support to clinical and translational scientists