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A message from President Marylou Yam, Ph.D.

Dear Notre Dame Community,

It is with a great sense of happiness and excitement that I write my first message to you as the President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. I am delighted to join you today as a member of this fearless and faithful community—and a partner in a powerful mission!

Our work together will be full of opportunity for Notre Dame. First on the agenda is the creation of NDMU's strategic plan, building on the recommendations and excellent reports that were compiled by faculty and staff committees over the past several months. Our plan will be grounded in the inspiring mission of Notre Dame and will seek to promote our University's distinctiveness, expand enrollment, establish innovative partnerships, engage in program development, strengthen and expand our infrastructure, and grow our financial resources. We will consult widely with our community in designing a blueprint that will lead Notre Dame into a vibrant future and will position us for growth.

It is a privilege to be entrusted with the leadership of a university with such a long tradition of preparing leaders who have—and are—transforming the world. Our liberal arts foundation, our growth in professional programs, our commitment to service and social responsibility, and our dedication to the pursuit of personal and professional excellence distinguish our fearless Notre Dame graduates. I'm especially looking forward to getting to know the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who inspire our mission and guide us as we strive each day to live according to its ideals and instill them in our students.

In the last few months, I've been working closely with a great transition team to learn as much as possible about the good work of this University, as well as the challenges and the opportunities as we move into the future together. I am grateful for the support of Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D., during my transition. Her service and leadership as Notre Dame's President during the 2013-2014 academic year were invaluable. Board Chair Patricia J. (PJ) Mitchell '69 provided expert leadership and guidance to me, and I have benefited from her wisdom and friendship. My thanks to PJ on behalf of all of us as she concludes nearly two decades of board service to Notre Dame. I welcome the opportunity to work with PJ's successor as board chair, Gino Gemignani, Senior Vice President of Whiting-Turner.

It may be the middle of summer, but I can see that there is plenty happening on campus! I see lots of activity with summer camps and classes around campus, and preparations are in progress to welcome our new students. Soon scaffolding will encircle Gibbons as a sign of the renovations taking place inside and out of our landmark building. Doyle Dining Hall is getting a complete makeover and will be ready to delight our students—and all of us—with a fresh look in the fall. I've had the pleasure of meeting many of you already and look forward to getting to know all of you better in the months ahead.

My family and I have been warmly welcomed to Baltimore. Thank you for the many gestures of hospitality and kindness. We're looking forward to enjoying a few Maryland traditions this summer: crabs, fireworks, Camden Yards, music, and art festivals! Baltimore is a terrific city!

I'll have more to say to you in the coming weeks as we gear up with much anticipation for another fantastic academic year.

Sincerely,
Marylou Yam