The President's Message Archives


  • May 2024
    President’s column on graduation; State of the University Address outlines vibrancy plans; Employee Recognition and Service Awards recap; Future of Work Task Force makes recommendations.
  • April 2024
    President’s column on UMB’s year-round commitment to its core values; Women’s History Month Symposium; UMBrella Group wins national award; Institute for Health Computing up and running; Yes Chef! debuts at SMC Campus Center.
  • March 2024
    President’s column on UMB’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; recaps of the MLK and Black History Month Celebration and the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; UMB named Fulbright Top Producing Institution.
  • February 2024
    President’s column on UMB’s comprehensive safety efforts; celebrating the fifth edition of 1807: An Art & Literary Journal; UMSOM employee appointed to Maryland Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs; crime remains low at UMB.
  • January 2024
    President’s column on UMB’s role in advancing innovation and discovery; Q&A with UMB’s inaugural director of core values; “Polar Express” comes alive for local families; new law school clinic tackles immigration appeals; Jane Kirschling named School of Nursing dean emeritus.


  • December 2023
    President’s column on UMB’s outstanding students; inaugural diversity strategic plan unveiled; third cohort of MPower Professors announced; Center for Violence Prevention is up and running.
  • November 2023
    President’s column on the Founders Week Awards Recognition event; Student Cookout and Staff Luncheon are a hit; University wins Empowering Women Award; Arch Gallery showcases more “1807” artwork; new School of Pharmacy dean.
  • October 2023
    President’s column on UMB’s second annual Faculty Convocation, plus a photo collage.; Lexington Market Day builds community; Data Dashboard is tracking UMB’s EDI progress; USM Board of Regents winners from UMB.
  • September 2023
    President’s column on exploring sites on or near campus; National Night Out draws big crowd; new Graduate School dean; BIORESCO supports UMB researchers.
  • July-August 2023
    President’s column on generous donations to UMB; honoring therapy and service dogs; new School of Nursing dean; new institute will address addiction treatment and prevention.
  • June 2023
    Guest column on the Middle States Accreditation process; photographic look at commencement; Loida Lewis talks about love, leadership, and perseverance; improving health care on the Eastern Shore; health education and recreational cannabis.
  • May 2023
    President’s column on commencement and core values; LEAPS initiative hosts its inaugural symposium; UMB reaches renewable energy milestone; IPE Day focuses on team-based care.
  • April 2023
    In president’s column, UMB students describe the impact of their scholarships; UMBrella Women’s History Month Symposium focuses on innovative leadership; Employee Recognition and Service Awards Luncheon honors staff members; “Healthcare in the Library” program provides services to local community.
  • March 2023
    President’s column on leadership development; MLK/Black History Month Celebration; President’s Panel on Politics and Policy; Center for Violence Prevention executive director named; artificial blood project receives major grant.
  • February 2023
    President’s column on UMB’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; Future of Work Task progress; Live Near Your Work anniversary; crime statistics; Faculty Leadership Program second cohort graduation.
  • January 2023
    President’s column on spreading holiday cheer and community engagement; UMBrella Speaker Series features female university presidents; baby boomers discuss their experiences as UMB employees; new brain research center announced.


  • December 2022
    President’s column on UMB’s Commitment to Baltimore; State of the University Address; political commentators discuss midterms; University of Maryland 3 - Institute for Health Computing announced; Thanksgiving Drive success; new cohort of MPower Professors.
  • November 2022
    President’s column on the new UMB Global Hub; a look back at Founders Week and the 4MLK building groundbreaking event; Pearl Street Gallery adds more 1807 art; $2.4 million grant addresses health disparities.
  • October 2022
    President’s column on the core value of Well-Being and Sustainability; President’s Q&A recap; Future of Work Task Force gets down to work; police chief sworn in; $13.7 million grant helps in recruiting more diverse faculty.
  • September 2022
    President’s column on the core value of Respect and Integrity; photos from the inaugural UMB Faculty Convocation; Center for Violence Prevention launches; National Night Out fosters police-community bonds; Live Near Your Work Program expands.
  • July-August 2022
    President’s column on gun violence and the Center for Violence Prevention; UMB celebrates Juneteenth; EDI office champions diverse faculty development; UMB expands Eastern Shore outreach; President’s Global Impact Fund recipients report progress.
  • June 2022
    President’s column on the core value of Equity and Justice; a pictorial look at commencement; latest CATALYST magazine; CURE’s first cohort graduates; new President’s Distinguished Scholar, VP for research, and School of Law dean; White Paper on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • May 2022
    President’s column on the core value of Innovation and Discovery; Chris Wallace discusses misinformation; new School of Medicine dean; Employee Recognition and Service Awards event; a look at the B’More Reconnects program; UMBPD welcomes new comfort K9.
  • April 2022
    President’s column on UMB living our core values; Office of Sustainability making an impact; recaps of President’s Q&A and Women’s History Month Symposium; MPower research grants; Vaccination Clinic team honored by governor.
  • March 2022
    President’s column on enterprise risk management; MLK/Black History Month celebration recap; UMB supports M&T Bank Exchange venue renovation; empowering Black and Latina women in Baltimore; new VP for research.
  • February 2022
    President’s column on the historic xenotransplant by UMSOM doctors; School of Nursing wins HEED Award for fourth year in a row; CURE Scholars begin to receive college acceptance letters; gift funds new director of trial advocacy at School of Law; crime declines amid return to UMB campus.
  • January 2022
    President’s column on the UMB-UMMS partnership; boosters and COVID-19; Ray Lewis visits CURE Scholars; Live Near Your Work milestone; Faculty Leadership Program graduation; LGBTQ resource.


  • December 2021
    President’s column looking back at 2021; DAC guest discusses racism as a public health crisis; MPower professors announced; race removed as factor in kidney function assessment; new CEC’s grand opening.
  • November 2021
    President’s column on UMB’s new core values; Dr. Jarrell’s inauguration; Founders Week recap; data is critical to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion; two from UMB win Elkins Professorships.
  • October 2021
    “By the Numbers” look at Dr. Jarrell’s first year as president; Founders Week preview; Student Affairs suites unveiled; latest issue of 1807; new chief of police; Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.
  • September 2021
    President’s column on staying positive amid the pandemic; Career Development Services helps employees; students eager for in-person learning; meet UMB’s Fulbright Scholar; UMBPD builds relationships at National Night Out.
  • July-August 2021
    President’s column on UMB-led international conferences; UMB celebrates Juneteenth; B’more for Healthy Babies success; employee giving campaign recap; two awards for UMBPD.
  • June 2021
    President’s column on fellows’ White Paper Project; Class of 2021 graduates praised for resilience; Intercultural Center puts focus on diversity and dialogue; social work interns to aid UMB police.
  • May 2021
    President’s column on mental health and workplace reintegration; Employee Recognition and Service Awards; Schmoke discusses opportunity for Baltimore youth; Champions of Excellence recap.
  • April 2021
    President’s column on UMB’s Vaccination Clinic; UMBrella symposium explores work-life balance; CURE launches Career Navigator Program; experts deliver advice on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • March 2021
    President’s column on how UMB continues to thrive; Kendi delivers anti-racism talk; MLK/Black History Month celebration; UMB-UMCP collaboration rises in research rankings; large donation to School of Nursing.
  • February 2021
    President’s column on diversity efforts; UMB students administer COVID-19 vaccines; UMB police celebrate 2020 successes; Jane Shaab honored; Workplace Wednesdays success story.
  • January 2021
    President’s column on the new year, COVID-19, and UMB’s mission; UMSOM’s successful recruiting initiative; Workplace Mediation Service expands; Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference goes virtual; CURE Scholars celebrate successes.


  • December 2020
    President’s column on UMB’s record-breaking year in grant and contract awards; virtual events shed light on election, politics, and presidents; contact tracing at UMB; seed grant symposium highlights collaboration.
  • November 2020
    President’s column on what he’s thankful for at UMB; School of Law professors discuss Breonna Taylor case; DAC group examines COVID-19’s impact on Latinos; UMB and Comcast provide West Baltimore families with free internet; UMB Guidance Resources offers variety of services.
  • October 2020
    Getting to know President Jarrell; School of Medicine begins Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial; webinars look at human rights issues in U.S.; second edition of 1807 is another gem; new Community Engagement Center ready, waiting; Champions of Excellence campaign kicks off.
  • September 2020
    President’s column on UMB’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; Live Near Your Work Program expands; CURE Scholars Program wins national award; Academy of Lifelong Learning launches; sneak peek at Founders Week.
  • July-August 2020
    President’s column on staying connected and building community ties; meet the new School of Social Work dean; Food for Our Front Lines initiative and employee giving campaign are successes; 1807 exhibit spruces up underpass; virtual Professional Development Day.
  • June 2020
    President’s’s column on the Class of 2020’s unique graduation; President’s Fellows release white paper on core values; employee recognition and awards ceremony; President’s Global Impact Fund recipients; photo essay on essential services employees.
  • May 2020
    President’s column on the importance of self-care during the pandemic; Judy Postmus named School of Social Work dean; School of Medicine steps up in fight against COVID-19; Food for Our Front Lines feeds essential workers; PAL Program families receive UMB care packages.
  • April 2020
    President’s column on core values and COVID-19; roundup of UMB’s COVID-19 response and how to volunteer; care comes from all angles at IPE Day; CURE Scholars impress Maryland lawmakers; UMB crime statistics.
  • March 2020
    President’s column on diversity and inclusion; MPower Day celebrates collaboration; Black History Month speaker champions STEM education; Live Near Your Work Program update; how to institutionalize our Core Values
  • February 2020
    President’s column on shared governance; SOM heralded for biomedical research; scholarship honors Pharmacy alumnus; Council for Women welcomes Jarrell; Core Values Awards nominations sought; help pave Welcome Way at the CEC; a look ahead to Women’s History Month
  • January 2020
    Dr. Jarrell’s inaugural column as UMB’s interim president; celebrating Dr. Perman’s presidency and legacy; Monica Lewinsky fights cyberbullying; ambassadors from Europe talk innovation, U.S. collaboration; intercultural center brings diverse student groups together; CURE Scholars celebrate semester’s success.


  • December 2019
    President’s farewell column; UMB confronts chronic pain; dental clinic comes to Shady Grove; collaboration key to Quantum project; Ragsdale speaks at DAC event; DNA sequencing giant joins BioPark; Nursing wins HEED Award; teaching kids nutrition at farmers market; safety tips for holiday season. 
  • 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.