Introduction

01/26/2009

Three weeks ago, I moved into a new office on the second floor of North Brookings to serve once again as Washington University’s provost.

Last semester I had time to consider some our university’s biggest opportunities, some of which I will mention in this note. I spent time at other universities seeing how they deal with the same issues. And of course, Tedi and I took some time to recharge our batteries in preparation for what comes next.

I am excited by the opportunity to work more closely with each of our schools on all aspects of the University related to teaching, learning, scholarship and research. I look forward to working with the Chancellor and the Administration on issues of budget, facilities and short and long range strategic planning. I very much hope to facilitate cross-school collaborations and to enhance the conditions on campus for productive teaching, scholarship and service.

Major initiatives that I have discussed with Chancellor Wrighton include diversity, internationalization, outreach, undergraduate and graduate education. These issues touch each of our schools and will benefit from coordinated attention. I will be assembling groups of faculty and staff to help me think through possible approaches to these initiatives.

One of my goals is to be in active communication with our faculty and staff. Over the coming months, I plan to e-mail you regularly regarding the happenings in this office or around campus. We are working on a website that should be functional in February which will feature video capability. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns. Best wishes for a good start to the spring semester!

Sincerely,

Edward S. Macias