The University

State of the University Address

On Tuesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in the terrace area of the Campus Center I will deliver my annual State of the University address, in which I will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities that the University of Massachusetts Boston has encountered over the past year and those we will likely face in the year ahead. I hope you will join me for the address and enjoy refreshments afterward.

The State of the University address will conclude our annual Spring Enrichment and Engagement Days, a period full of activity and campus life. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks and appreciation for all the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students during this period. It means so much to our students and our colleagues on this campus that we can all count on each other to keep our campus running smoothly.

A special thanks goes to University Advancement for its hard work on our 7th annual Scholarship Gala Tuesday night. The dinner, held to honor Bob and Jean Sheridan for their many generous contributions to this university, was a wonderful event, and I am truly grateful for the valuable support we receive from our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends during tough economic times.

As has been the case over past years, public higher education is struggling for funding as government support decreases. I know that administrative divisions and colleges worked hard this month examining their budgets and preparing to tighten their belts in fiscal 2012. This is always a challenging process, and I thank you for your commitment to helping us craft a responsible spending plan that protects our academic core and promotes our strategic objectives. Despite this budget challenge, we have much to be hopeful for.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for the State of the University address.