May 21, 2018

Dear UD Community,

I am pleased to announce that, after a highly competitive national search, I have appointed Robin Morgan as the University of Delaware’s new provost, effective July 1. She will become the University of Delaware’s 11th provost, and the first woman to serve in this role in a permanent capacity since the position was created at UD in 1950.

Over the last seven months, Dr. Morgan already has assembled an impressive record as interim provost, most notably in her stewardship of new cluster hires among our faculty and her leadership as we move toward the creation of the graduate college.

Before working closely with her, I knew Dr. Morgan as a highly respected educator and scholar, but after watching her in action, I am equally impressed with her abilities to lead, inspire and effect change. Her energy, integrity, analytical mind, and innate knack for bringing people together, combined with her dedication and loyalty to UD, are great assets.

Dr. Morgan has a distinguished record of service to this University as a faculty member since 1985. After serving as acting dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for a year, she was named dean in 2002, serving in that role for 10 years, a period of significant growth and change for the college. From 2014-16, she served as acting chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and she had been chair of the department from 2016 until her appointment as interim provost.

We will continue to benefit from Dr. Morgan’s deep knowledge of the University, her proven leadership across all aspects of teaching, research and administration, and her dedication to UD as she continues her career as provost.

I am looking forward to building on our close working relationship, and I am excited by all we will accomplish to take the University of Delaware forward. Please join me in congratulating her on this next chapter in her career.


Signature of President Dennis Assanis

Dennis Assanis

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