Message from the Provost

Jeffrey L. Duerk

Few major research universities are as uniquely poised for greatness and positioned to address the complex challenges of the 21st century as the University of Miami. Our location in Miami, a richly diverse metropolis, places us in the midst of many far-reaching social, economic, environmental, and technological changes—and exciting endeavors at the University demonstrate our ability to develop effective solutions and shape tomorrow’s leaders.

Although relatively young, the University has advanced to the top tier of the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning, and our foundations and traditions are rock solid. Our strong culture for teaching is complemented by outstanding scholarship and research. Students have the extraordinary opportunity to be taught by faculty who are defining the cutting edge of new knowledge. Interdisciplinary academic programs and research provide opportunities to fully leverage our talents to forge innovation in many areas.

The exceptional vision of President Julio Frenk has guided the University’s development of the Roadmap to Our New Century, the strategic agenda that will enable the institution to realize a set of ambitious goals by 2025, UM’s centennial. The Roadmap initiatives constitute comprehensive, sweeping efforts that will impact and elevate every aspect of the University.

It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the University of Miami at this very special juncture in its history. These are challenging times for higher education and our world, but together we will grow and succeed in our mission to educate students, create knowledge, and provide service to our community and beyond.

Jeffrey L. Duerk
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost