Letters and Statements Archive

Browse the latest remarks in President Frenk's letters to the community.

Shaping a year of unique opportunity

January 13, 2020

This week, our students return to campus ready to tackle the semester ahead. 2020 promises to be a year of unique opportunity, both around the world and here at the University of Miami.  Read More >

On Gratitude

November 22, 2019

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, I encourage all of us in the ’Canes community to reflect on everything for which we are grateful. Gratitude is more than the quality of being thankful. It affirms goodness. It strengthens bonds.   Read More >

A major investment in our community

October 15, 2019

In recognition of an extraordinary lifetime of giving to their alma mater, we are honored to announce the establishment of the University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School.   Read More >

Supporting Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

September 4, 2019

Once again, the U has demonstrated its ability to take on all challenges and summon a common strength to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies. As classes resume today, we now turn our attention to our neighbors in the Bahamas, our brothers and sisters who lived through a nightmare of horrific destruction and now face a daunting and perilous recovery period.   Read More >

A Message on Hurricane Dorian and Resumption of Classes

September 3, 2019

We continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian, following the advice of the National Hurricane Center, state and local government sources, and experts from our Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. With this information, the University leadership team believes that conditions will improve sufficiently for classes to resume safely on Wednesday, September 4.   Read More >

A video message regarding Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019

Watch this video message, and for the latest information from the University about Hurricane Dorian, visit https://bit.ly/2ZpmqlS, continue to follow us on social media, or call the University hotline at 800-227-0354.   Read More >

Bringing our very best to the year ahead

August 19, 2019

Today we begin a new academic year. This is a time filled with promise and expectation, guided by the goals that inspire us, the motivation from those already achieved, and the lessons learned along the way.   Read More >

Remembering Nick Buoniconti

July 31, 2019

Today we grieve the loss of University of Miami Trustee Nicholas Buoniconti, who was not only a renowned football legend but a tireless advocate for spinal cord injury research.   Read More >

A momentous day for the University and the Miller School of Medicine

July 29, 2019

Today is a momentous day for the University of Miami and its Miller School of Medicine as we announce that Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has received the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.   Read More >

Statement from President Julio Frenk Condemning Violence and Intolerance

April 29, 2019

One week ago, University of Miami students and Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni presented “This is America - Mass Shooting Memorial,” an event created to honor the victims of mass shootings in the US and to educate our community.   Read More >

A message regarding the situation in Venezuela

January 24, 2019

The University of Miami is home to more than 130 students from Venezuela, the majority of whom are active in UNIVEN (Union Venezolana), the Venezuelan student organization on campus.   Read More >

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2019

Today we pause to reflect on the legacy of one of the great leaders of all time: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have turned 90 last week.   Read More >

Reflections on the fall semester

December 13, 2018

Today the University community celebrates the culmination of years of effort and dedication by more than 1,000 graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s, law, specialist, and doctoral degrees, and joined by 7,000 cheering guests at the Watsco Center.  Read More >

Embracing our diverse community

November 27, 2018

Recent media reports suggest that the federal government is considering policy changes that would narrow the legal definition of gender. These changes would have negative impacts on transgender and gender non-binary members of our community.  Read More >

Making a positive difference through our actions

November 15, 2018

Last week, I had the honor of meeting with representatives from the UM Veteran Student Organization. While our meeting took place on the occasion of Veterans Day, it also offered a moment of reflection as we enter the Thanksgiving season.  Read More >

Offering Help During a Time of Need

October 18, 2018

Ninety-two years ago today, the University of Miami held its first student assembly a scant four weeks after the Great Hurricane of 1926 devastated our young city. This community has learned first-hand that sustained recovery can be complex and that a variety of diverse needs emerge over time.  Read More >

President's Coalition on Sexual Assault

September 24, 2018

As an inclusive community, the University of Miami reaffirms our commitment to provide a learning and workplace environment that is welcoming, comfortable, and safe.  Read More >

Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey

September 21, 2018

We have partnered with Quantum Workplace, an independent research-based consultant, to conduct a confidential faculty and staff engagement survey.  Read More >

Welcome to a New Academic Year

August 20, 2018

Welcome to a new academic year filled with promise. The University of Miami is moving toward new horizons just as each of us looks forward to new opportunities in our own lives.  Read More >

Sustainability Efforts Update: STARS Data Collection

June 25, 2018

In 2017, the University of Miami earned a Silver rating on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Read More >

Hurricane Season Begins Today

June 1, 2018

Today marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and already we have witnessed a tropical storm in recent days. It is a reminder that we must be vigilant and proactive in our storm preparedness.  Read More >

Thank U for a Year of Tremendous Achievements

May 16, 2018

Last week, 4,808 ‘Canes became alumni of the University of Miami. This marks a moment of tremendous individual achievement and transition of new knowledge and talent into the world.  Read More >

Statement on anti-Semitic incidents at UM

April 16, 2018

The University of Miami embraces the rich diversity of our community and promotes a climate of respect for the dignity of every person. We know that the vast majority of the members of our community adheres to these core principles.  Read More >

President Frenk Statement on Parkland Tragedy

February 15, 2018

This morning our South Florida community is in shock over the horrific shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Institutions of learning should be a safe haven for all. As a father and an educator, my heart breaks.  Read More >

Welcome to 2018 at the U

January 16, 2018

Welcome home. The start of a new year—and a new semester—gives us an opportunity to reflect on our progress, commit to new ideas, and imagine a bright future ahead.  Read More >

Joshua Friedman Appointed Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

December 19, 2017

I am pleased to announce that Joshua M. Friedman, a seasoned professional with experience in education, media, health care, and science, will join the University of Miami as senior vice president for Development and Alumni Relations on February 1, 2018.  Read More >

Dr. Edward Abraham Named Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth

December 18, 2017

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Edward Abraham has been named executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Abraham, who began as dean of the Miller School of Medicine on July 1, 2017, has been serving concurrently as acting executive vice president and CEO since September 15.  Read More >

2017 President’s Report: The Year in Review

December 13, 2017

At the University of Miami, 2017 was a year of dynamic growth, prestigious accomplishment, and a few daunting challenges that tested and ultimately strengthened the bonds of our ’Canes community. As we look ahead to 2018, take a moment to enjoy a few signature moments and my 2017 President’s Report.  Read More >

Donna Arbide Named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at The George Washington University

December 1, 2017

It is with mixed feelings that I share the news that, after 31 outstanding years at the University of Miami, Donna Arbide, M.B.A. ’95 will become vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 2018.  Read More >

A Message of Gratitude from President Frenk

November 16, 2017

A true community is interdependent – offering help and gratitude for one another. This year, I’ve seen the UM community show compassion for fellow ‘Canes, for our South Florida community, and for the world.  Read More >

Veterans Day

November 10, 2017

As we observe Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those individuals who have served and sacrificed for this nation and all those who continue to protect the rights and freedoms essential to democracy.  Read More >

Statement on University of Miami Athletics

September 27, 2017

As you may be aware, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday the indictments of ten individuals involved with men’s college basketball across the country on charges ranging from bribery to wire fraud. The University of Miami was not named in the indictments nor was any University employee charged or identified.  Read More >

Hurricane & Earthquake Relief: Many Ways to Help

September 21, 2017

I have been inspired over the past couple of weeks by the U’s unique spirit—that special fusion of bold resilience in the face of adversity combined with a keen determination to not only rebound but to be renewed and revitalized.  Read More >

UM Family Comes Together to Recover

September 15, 2017

We hope you and your families have fared well in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We have been busy preparing our campuses for the safe and orderly resumption of operations in phases, which started with the full deployment of UHealth on Wednesday, September 13.  Read More >

Hurricane Harvey: How Can You Help?

August 30, 2017

Our community knows intimately the devastating impact of a powerful storm. We have all been closely following the stories of the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey, including students and alumni from the region.  Read More >

Announcement about Executive VP for Health Affairs & CEO of UHealth Steven Altschuler

August 28, 2017

I write to share the news that Dr. Steven Altschuler, executive vice president for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth, is resigning effective September 15, 2017 to pursue other interests in biotechnology.  Read More >

Welcome to a New Year at the U

August 22, 2017

Welcome to a new academic year in Miami, at the global crossroads of the Americas. We have drawn incredible talent from all over the world to our campuses, and I am honored to welcome both new and returning ’Canes to the U.  Read More >

Dr. María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad Appointed VP for Hemispheric and Global Affairs

August 15, 2017

I am delighted to announce that Dr. María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, a world-renowned economist who has held positions in academia, business, and government, including serving as Mexico’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union, has been appointed vice president for hemispheric and global affairs for the University of Miami.  Read More >

Statement on Violence in Charlottesville from President Julio Frenk

August 14, 2017

As universities across the country prepare to welcome students for a new academic year, we are faced with an attack on our core values. The University of Miami rejects the use of fear and the incitement to violence, which promote hate and suppress diverse voices.  Read More >

Donna Arbide Named Interim Senior VP for Development & Alumni Relations

June 26, 2017

As a follow up to my May 16 letter announcing that Sergio Gonzalez is moving to Brown University, I am pleased to announce that Donna Arbide, M.B.A. '95, will serve as interim senior vice president for Development and Alumni Relations beginning on August 1, 2017.  Read More >

John Quelch Named Dean of School of Business Administration

June 2, 2017

I am delighted to announce that John Quelch, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) and former dean of two prestigious international business schools, has been appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration and vice provost for executive education. He will assume his new role on July 1.  Read More >

Jeffrey L. Duerk Named UM Provost

June 1, 2017

I am pleased to introduce Jeffrey L. Duerk, our newly appointed executive vice president and provost. Dr. Duerk is currently dean and Leonard Case Professor of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and will begin his new role on July 1.  Read More >

Steps Toward Administrative Excellence

May 24, 2017

As we work toward our aspiration to become an exemplary university and achieve the enormous potential of the Roadmap to Our New Century, we are taking important steps to strengthen our administrative team and align our operations for optimal efficiency and support of the academic mission.  Read More >

Celebrating Our Community of Talent

May 17, 2017

Last week 3,700 graduates received their degrees and became the newest alumni of the University of Miami. As they embark on the next chapter of their lives, our graduates bring the extraordinary talents of the U into the world, and they follow in the footsteps of thousands who have done so before them.  Read More >

Sergio Gonzalez to Become Senior VP for Advancement at Brown University

May 16, 2017

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you the news that Sergio Gonzalez, senior vice president of university advancement and external affairs, has been named the next senior vice president for advancement at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; his last day at UM is July 31.  Read More >

Edward Abraham, M.D., Named Dean of UM Miller School of Medicine

April 12, 2017

I am delighted to announce that Edward Abraham, M.D., has been named dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He will start this important responsibility on July 1, 2017.  Read More >

Our Commitment to Stopping Sexual Violence and Gender Discrimination

March 29, 2017

At the U, we are united in stopping sexual violence and gender discrimination. Each of us plays an important role in fostering a harassment-free campus community.  Read More >

Jacqueline Travisano Named UM's Executive VP for Business and Finance & COO

March 23, 2017

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D., C.P.A., a highly distinguished professional with nearly 20 years of higher education experience, as the University of Miami’s new executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer.  Read More >

Women’s March Madness Coming to Watsco Center

March 16, 2017

It is with great pride that I share with you that for the first time in 24 years our Women's Basketball program will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament on our campus. No. 4 seed Miami will open the NCAA tournament at the Watsco Center on Saturday, March 18 at 4 p.m., and the second round will be played on Monday, March 20.  Read More >

Engagement Survey Results and Next Steps

February 16, 2017

The University of Miami recently conducted the faculty and staff engagement survey, and today I am sharing highlights of the results with you. The results show that we have a higher than average engagement level, which provides us with a strong foundation upon which to grow.  Read More >

UM Celebrates Black Awareness Month

February 1, 2017

As many of you know, February is celebrated nationally as Black History Month. At the University of Miami, we are working to build an institution that each day honors the modern contributions and historic legacies of people of diverse identities and backgrounds.  Read More >

President Frenk Announces Provost Search Committee

January 31, 2017

After consultation with the Faculty Senate and following the guidelines set forth in the Faculty Manual pertaining to the selection of the search committee for the Provost, I am pleased to announce that the following members of the University of Miami community have agreed to serve on the committee.  Read More >

Response to Presidential Executive Order

January 30, 2017

Miami, the city this University calls home, has long been a model in demonstrating the remarkable role immigrants and refugees can play in creating a dynamic and thriving community where everyone—regardless of race, religion, or country of origin—can contribute to prosperity and well-being in the United States and around the world.  Read More >

Reflections on the New Year

January 17, 2017

Welcome to a new semester and the new year. I know your talent, commitment, and curiosity will bring growth to the University of Miami in 2017 as well as to the many communities to which we each belong. Together our work has the potential to transform lives here and throughout the world.  Read More >

Provost LeBlanc to become next president of The George Washington University

January 6, 2017

Thomas J. LeBlanc, the energetic, gifted, and seasoned academic leader who brought a distinctive administrative style to the University of Miami in his role as executive vice president and provost for the past 12 years, will step down by August 1st to become president of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Read More >

Roadmap to Our New Century: Preparing to Implement

November 28, 2016

Over the course of the last year, we have developed together the Roadmap to Our New Century, an ambitious plan to realize our aspirations by the time of the University's centennial. Through conversations, town halls, letters, email messages, and meetings, students, faculty, and staff have helped craft a series of initiatives to chart a bold future for our institution.  Read More >

A Message from President Frenk on the Election

November 11, 2016

Today, as we commemorate Veteran's Day and the sacrifices made by the brave women and men defending this nation, we also recognize that the right of people to determine their future through elected leaders is a hallmark of democracy. On Tuesday, 130 million citizens went to the polls, deciding ballot measures and electing governors, members of Congress, and the 45th U.S. president.  Read More >

2016 UM Engagement Survey

October 20, 2016

You are at the core of the University of Miami's success. Your hard work, expertise, and dedication help make a life-changing difference to our students, patients, and the community. More importantly, you are also committed to continuous improvement to ensure we excel in our mission of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service.  Read More >

Celebrating 90 Years of Opening the Doors to Education

October 18, 2016

Ninety years ago today, just 30 days after the Great Miami Hurricane, our university opened its doors for the very first time, enrolling its first class of 646 full-time students.  Read More >

Hurricane Matthew Response and Relief Efforts

October 11, 2016

Last week we came together to prepare for the imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew. The University of Miami's Crisis Decision Team made the appropriate recommendations in ceasing non-essential operations on our campuses and facilities, prioritizing the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The University was vigilant in its storm preparations, and I was impressed to see how quickly and seamlessly all the required components came together.  Read More >

Joe Natoli Announcement

September 19, 2016

After 10 years of distinguished service, Joe Natoli will be stepping down as Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He will continue in his role until the first quarter of 2017 and assist with the search for his successor. Afterward, he will continue to advise the University in a consulting capacity.  Read More >

First-year reflections

August 16, 2016

One year ago today, I arrived at the University of Miami as its new president. As I said then, I felt somewhat like a first-year student: excited about the remarkable university I was now a part of, a bit daunted about how much I had to learn, and eager to get underway and make a difference in my new community.  Read More >

In Solidarity with Orlando

June 15, 2016

The horrific shooting in Orlando this weekend hits very close to home—not only because it happened in our own state of Florida but also because it is a violation of the values that define us as a community dedicated to transforming lives.  Read More >

Roadmap to Our New Century

June 6, 2016

In my inaugural address I outlined areas in which the University of Miami could foster transformation, connection, and reinvention as an institution. These opportunities were defined in part by listening to members of our community during the many inspiring conversations we had last fall.  Read More >

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

May 31, 2016

Once again it's that time of year when our resilience is ready to be tested. Tomorrow, June 1, marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season—and as a community that self-identifies as Hurricanes, we always keep preparedness top of mind.  Read More >

Statement on UM Gender Policies

May 27, 2016

The University of Miami is proud of our diverse community, and we value the many contributions of our students, faculty, and staff in helping to create a culture of belonging. In keeping with our policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, the University allows and welcomes individuals to use restrooms and live in housing that corresponds to their gender identity.  Read More >

View UM's Climate Change Special Report

April 20, 2016

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this Friday, I want to share with you a Climate Change Special Report developed by University Communications. This comprehensive, interactive website showcases the work of our scientists, researchers, faculty, students, staff, and alumni in the areas of climate change and sustainability.  Read More >

Happy Birthday to U: Celebrating Founders' Day

April 8, 2016

By signing their names to the charter officially incorporating the University of Miami on April 8, 1925, our founders, a provisional board of 15 regents, proclaimed an unshakable confidence in the monumental dream of the University of Miami.  Read More >

Edward T. Foote II, UM's Fourth President, Passes Away

February 15, 2016

I am saddened to share that Edward T. Foote II, the fourth president of the University of Miami, passed away on February 15. Our community has lost a great civic and academic leader who not only led the positive transformation of our University, but also served as a voice of enlightened engagement for South Florida during especially challenging times.  Read More >

Follow Up to Inauguration: Implementing the Roadmap to Our New Century

February 1, 2016

We have successfully completed an extraordinary week of events marking my inauguration as the sixth president of the University of Miami. (A video of the week's activities can be found here.) I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you for your participation in those events and for your daily commitment to our University. Read More >

A Message on LGBTQ Task Force Update

December 7, 2015

At my Town Hall meeting three months ago and in subsequent conversations during my 100-day listening exercise, it has become abundantly clear that for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, inclusivity is an extremely important priority in building a sense of belonging for all. By engaging in thoughtful dialogue and taking concrete actions, our University is making progress on this front—but there is still more to do. Read More >

A Message on Presidential Task Force for Addressing Black Students’ Concerns

December 3, 2015

Our University can be proud of the diversity of its student body as well as our ongoing efforts to promote a climate of inclusion, but as I noted in my letter of November 12, we must do more to build a culture of belonging—a place where everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity, feels safe, valued, and respected. Read More >

Announcing New Senior Vice President and UHealth CEO

November 24, 2015

Today I am delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Altschuler, M.D., as the new CEO of UHealth and senior vice president for health affairs of the University of Miami. Dr. Altschuler is an eminently recognized and respected physician and health care administrator who served as president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and The Children’s Hospital Foundation for the past 15 years. Read More >

A Real Sense of Belonging

November 12, 2015

Each of us has a responsibility to confront injustice and discrimination that threaten to divide and diminish us. As we look at events related to racial relations and freedom of speech taking place at the University of Missouri and across the nation, this is a perfect moment to appraise our own resolve to challenge injustice and discrimination in our community. Read More >

Football Victory at Duke

November 6, 2015

As one of the newest members of the U family, I was deeply touched by the passionate and hard-won victory of our team against Duke University last Saturday in North Carolina. This is a team that in recent days experienced great adversity. Read More >

Listening Exercise Letter

September 30, 2015

At UM, each of us contributes our precious time, talents, and energy to ensure the continued success of our institution. The listening exercise during my first 100 days as president is an opportunity to hear from our faculty, students, and staff. Read More >

Listening Exercise Letter

September 15, 2015

Over the next 100 days I want to hear your ideas, your dreams, and your concerns, so we can begin a constructive and forward-looking dialogue on the attributes of the University of Miami of 2025. Read More >

First Day Letter

August 16, 2015

Today I begin my tenure as president of the University of Miami. My arrival coincides with the start of a new academic cycle. Read More >