Welcome to the University of Minnesota Duluth
Each day, UMD’s faculty and staff are committed to providing our students with the premiere educational experiences they expect and deserve.
We are continuing to strengthen our mission and advance our strategic priorities to reach new heights of excellence for our students and the entire UMD community. We are committed to inclusivity, sustainability, academic achievement, impactful research, community engagement, and new ways of teaching and learning. I am pleased to report that we are making great progress in all of these areas.
There has been much good news to share over the past year, especially in the areas of academic excellence, advancing our stature in research and creative activities, and making a difference in our local, national, and international communities.
Our scientists and faculty continue to make world-class discoveries and foster creative projects. From John Goodge, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, receiving an $8.97 million grant from the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation to Psychology Professor Aydin Durgunoglu winning the U.S. Library of Congress International Literacy Award for a program in Turkey, UMD faculty are international leaders.
UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and activities played a prominent role in Duluth being named “Best Outdoors Town in America” by Outside Magazine. UMD staff members were the first to promote the social media campaign and were pictured canoeing in Lake Superior when the Duluth News Tribune broke the story.
UMD students continue to be highly successful in finding jobs after graduation, according to the most recent Career Services survey of nearly 2,000 alumni from the class of 2012-13. Approximately 95 percent of the graduates surveyed are employed or are continuing their education, a year after graduation, demonstrating the economic value of a UMD education. This value goes beyond economics, as our students are gaining the knowledge and skills to succeed as lifelong learners and globally engaged citizens.
We are extremely proud that UMD was recognized once again as one of the top 50 Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender-Friendly Colleges and Universities in the country. We remain among the leaders of top LGBT friendly campuses in the country who receive top ratings on the Campus Pride Index.
Our work on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice advances in many other ways as well. The campus climate change teams at the unit and university-wide levels are doing great work. The Diversity Commission and the Campus Climate change teams invite the campus community to again share our stories with one another under the theme of Creating Inclusion: One Story at a Time. By sharing our diverse stories and perspectives we can build greater understanding, as well as trust.
I am grateful and proud to serve as UMD’s chancellor, and hope you will join me and the UMD faculty and staff in celebrating the successes of our students as we challenge ourselves to even greater accomplishments.
- Lendley (Lynn) Black, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Chancellor Lendley "Lynn" Black