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January 6, 2017

To the University of Miami Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the news that Tom LeBlanc, our executive vice president and provost, has been named the next president of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., as of August 1. Tom has been a great partner and friend throughout my presidency, starting from his service as interim president prior to my arrival. Although we will miss him, we are very proud of this new recognition of his accomplished career. Given his outstanding record during his 12 years as UM provost, his appointment as president of a major university was an expected development.

Tom is tenacious, rigorous, and gregarious, challenging us always to be our best selves, in the classroom, in the lab, and in the community. He has played a crucial role in developing the Roadmap to Our New Century, and I know he will remain focused on the work ahead of us during his remaining time on campus.

Tom has overseen the University's 11 schools and colleges, research administration and funding, academic and student affairs, admissions, and expenditures since 2005, and has helped usher in a period of great forward momentum across the University, including major improvements in the quality of our student body, freshman retention rates, undergraduate curriculum, graduate education, student financial aid, institution-wide infrastructure, and research. During his tenure, UM has risen in the national rankings and is today among the top tier of comprehensive research universities.

I will work closely with the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees to appoint a search committee to recruit Tom's successor. Fortunately, there is sufficient time to assure an orderly transition that will allow us to continue to move forward on our institutional aspirations.

Tom and Anne have been an integral part of the Miami Hurricanes family, and I know everyone will join me in expressing our gratitude and very best wishes for their new endeavors at George Washington University.