Communications from the President
Below you can read communications from the President to the campus community and the community at large, including addresses, memorandums and opinion pieces prepared for local and regional publications.
University Leadership Updates
With our sustained success in mind and following my May 1 announcement regarding several leadership and organizational changes, today I want to share with you multiple interim leadership appointments that will ensure continuity and best position the University of Arizona to further advance its mission.
Supporting Medical Careers for Local Students and Other News
I hope the end of the academic year went well for you all. The first two weeks of May are often the busiest time of the year for many faculty and staff, and I am no exception. In addition to the fantastic send-off we gave our nearly 8,000 graduating students on Friday, May 12, here are a few highlights from around the University and in our community:
Commencement, Recap of May 5 Briefing, and Other News
This is a busy time of the year for the University of Arizona, and I hope the end of your semester is wrapping up nicely. I know it is particularly hectic for our students and colleagues who work with students as finals began last Friday, May 5, and continue throughout this week. Remember to be kind to yourself and to others as we finish up the spring semester.
Campus Security Update: PAX Group Report
Almost five months ago, the University of Arizona community suffered a profound loss with the tragic death of Professor Thomas Meixner, Chair of our Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Very soon after his passing, I committed to a full, independent review of the facts and circumstances leading up to October 5th. To fulfill our commitment, the University retained PAX Group, LLC, national experts in campus security, to examine the events leading up to Dr. Meixner’s death and to provide us with a comprehensive review of our campus safety and security. The PAX Group delivered that report to me Friday.
Continuing to Invest in our Workforce
I am pleased to share that in the new fiscal year (starting July 1, 2023) the University will sustain ongoing efforts to retain its talented workforce and recruit competitively, while ensuring sound stewardship of our finances in a changing labor market.
Campus Safety Update
I want to share with you several updates regarding the security and safety of our campus. As I do, I know our hearts continue to go out to the Meixner family following the tragic killing in October of their loved one and our treasured colleague, Professor Tom Meixner. Since then, the University and external, independent experts have engaged in efforts to examine our procedures and policies and to implement important changes.
COVID-19 Mitigation for Spring Semester
I am looking forward to the start of the Spring 2023 semester on Wednesday. As we make final preparations, and in response to the recent spread nationwide of the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5, I want to reiterate important COVID-19 mitigation practices that can help keep our community safe and healthy.
Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Food Production in a Drying Climate
I have formed a Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Food Production in a Drying Climate to provide recommendations on concrete steps the University of Arizona can take to make our state a global leader in creating and applying transformational technologies and climate-resilient sustainable agriculture and food production practices, in partnership with the desert agriculture industry.