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About Chancellor Black

Dr. Lendley C. (Lynn) Black began his tenure as Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth in August of 2010.  In addition to his role as Chancellor, he is a proud professor of theatre at UMD, lectures to theatre classes, and contributes to creative projects.

His time at UMD has been characterized by leading the formulation of a comprehensive strategic plan, initiating campus climate change, and engaging open dialogue about issues facing higher education, UMD and the Northland.  A key priority of his administration is to keep a strong focus on academic excellence and student success during challenging and rapidly changing times. 

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni often describe Chancellor Black as an approachable leader who values the opinions and ideas of others.  

Chancellor Black is a regular speaker at Duluth and Saint Louis County Day at the Capitol and the City of Duluth’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.  He has strengthened relationships with neighborhood groups adjacent to the UMD campus and increased UMD’s active engagement with Duluth community groups, city and county governments, businesses, industry and alumni.  Under his administration, private yearly contributions to UMD increased from $5 million in fiscal year 2011 to $12.6 million in fiscal year 2013.

As a tenacious supporter of Bulldog athletics, he can often be found in the stands or on the sidelines watching UMD students compete.

Chancellor Black is an active member of the President’s Senior Leadership Group and the System Council of the University of Minnesota.  He was a member of the search committee for a new University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and he co-chaired the search committee for the new Vice President for Equity and Diversity.  In 2011, the University of Minnesota presented UMD with the Unit Award for Equity and Diversity.

Chancellor Black serves on the Committee on Policies and Purposes and on the Grants Resource Center Advisory Board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  He is a member of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors for the for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and serves on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement.

Chancellor Black was a tenured professor and administrator at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002 until he was promoted in 2006 to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position held until he came to UMD in 2010.  In addition to serving as KSU Chief Academic Officer, he held several leadership roles in the civic and business communities of metropolitan Atlanta.  He led the academic transition of KSU as a doctoral granting university, significantly increased the number of faculty members, and enhanced KSU achievements in diversity and internationalization.

He earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of Tennessee Martin, his M.A. in theatre from the University of Connecticut, and his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Kansas. Chancellor Black's research interests are in Russian theatre and drama, and authored a book titled, Michael Chekhov as Actor, Director and Teacher.

Before his appointment as Vice President at Kennesaw State University, Chancellor Black was a tenured professor and held several senior administrative positions at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, including service as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1993-2002.

Chancellor Black is a proud husband, father and grandfather.  He and his wife, Connie, have three adult children - Liz, Nick and Chris - and four grandchildren: Sarah, Max, Henry, and Emma.


Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

George Washington Carver


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Dr. Lendley (Lynn) Black

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