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UMass Dartmouth Chancellor cites progress of university, calls on campus to act with urgency on issues facing the community

Speech reflects on the university's growth in student population and research

In a speech to the campus community on February 15, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack called on faculty, students, and staff to act with urgency, innovation, and collaboration on issues facing the region, Commonwealth and world.

"We know that in our fast-changing world, clinging to old ways is a strategy for stagnation, indeed failure," Chancellor MacCormack said. "There is simply no time for complacency, no time for parochialism, no time for blind defense of the status quo. No resting on our laurels."

The speech, which came as the campus is updating its 2000-2010 strategic plan, reflected on the university's growth in student population and research since 2000, and urged the campus to think anew about the role of the university in an era of accelerating globalization, increasing diversity, and rapidly advancing technology. "Ethnic and religious conflict, climate change, technological progress and other world-flattening issues are forcing us to re-think what we do within the confines of Ring Road," she said.

Chancellor MacCormack cited the the university's responsibility to inspire lifelong learning, encourage civic engagement, and ignite the innovation economy in calling on the campus community to "become more accessible,  more innovative, more collaborative, and more willing to examine ourselves on all fundamental issues that define quality."

"We must  be more nimble in everything we do if we are to continue serving our students, the Commonwealth, our nation and our global community," she said.

The full text of the chancellor's speech and a report on progress of the 2000-2010 strategic plan can be found at

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  16-Feb-2007
Department:   Chancellor's Office

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