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Message from the Chancellor

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Chancellor Black


Career paths are rarely linear. We travel on winding roads, over hills, and around curves.

In this issue of the Bridge, you will read about some of our alumni who have turned their UMD educations into meaningful careers, doing things that they may have never expected.

As an incoming college freshman, I wanted to be a lawyer. A work-study job as a theatre director's assistant transformed my future. I changed my major to English and became an actor/director while pursuing my master's and doctoral degrees in theatre.

Working in theatre set the stage for my career, providing me with critical skills such as teamwork, effective communication, working with diverse people and points of view, building a common vision, analyzing and interpreting information, managing a budget, managing time, receiving public criticism, and handling pressure.

I found my calling as a teacher while leading seminars on acting. Even in the administrative role of chancellor at UMD, I still make time to present class lectures and have had the honor of performing on stage alongside students.

As I get to know more UMD students and alumni, I see common traits of curiosity, ambition, resilience, and determination. Those who can, make things happen.

I hope you enjoy the following stories about some of our amazing alumni who are making their mark on the world.

Special thanks to those who contribute to the Alumni Notes section of this magazine. I read every entry. All of your stories unite and inspire us, so keep them coming.

Lendley C. Black, Chancellor

Above left: Chancellor Lendley C. Black in Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Skylark in 1993.
Above right: Chancellor Black (center) as stage manager of Harvey in 1972 at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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