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 Office of the Chancellor Inauguration

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February 10, 2011

Lucy Kragness, Assistant to the Chancellor, 218-726-6176,
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University Of Minnesota Duluth Celebrates Inauguration of Ninth Chancellor

Lendley C. Black will be inaugurated as the ninth chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Romano Gymnasium on the UMD campus. This historic campus celebration is open to the public.

The inauguration, which is the official installation of the chancellor, will feature an academic procession of UMD faculty and representatives from other institutions of higher learning in full academic regalia. UMD staff will also join the procession. The ceremony will include remarks from students, alumni, faculty and dignitaries, and an address by Dr. Black. A reception will immediately follow.

Dr. Black began his duties as UMD chancellor in August 2010. He served at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., from 2002 to 2010. There he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also served nine years at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. He earned his doctorate in theater at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Black succeeds Kathryn A. Martin, who was UMD chancellor from 1995 to 2010.

The inauguration ceremony will be the highlight of Inauguration Week, March 1-5, which will include academic presentations, concerts, a day of volunteering and a men’ s hockey game. For details please visit the event schedule.

UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue. It is a comprehensive university – part of the University of Minnesota system – that offers 13 bachelor degrees in 74 majors. UMD has a two-year medical school and a College of Pharmacy among its graduate programs in 24 fields. Fall 2010 enrollment in all UMD programs was nearly 11,800 students.

UMD ranks among the top universities the country for its commitment to UROPs, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs. The University is also leader in American Indian education, with nearly 20 related campus programs, including strong programs in medicine. The Center for Freshwater Research and Policy and the Large Lakes Observatory contribute to the university’ s international reputation for comprehensive research in freshwater.


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