Bruininks appoints new UMD chancellor: Lendley Black

Aside from the usual congratulations, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s new chancellor is probably hearing this comment today from his neighbors in Kennesaw, Ga.: “Uh, you know, it’s COLD up there.”

Lendley (Lynn) Black’s appointment is effective Aug. 1, U of M President Robert Bruininks announced Tuesday. Black replaces Chancellor Kathryn Martin, who retires July 31.

“Dr. Black’s candidacy for this position received strong support from the Duluth and University communities,” Bruininks said in a news release. “His demonstrated leadership ability, strong administrative and academic credentials and experience and commitment to communication, collaboration and consensus building made him the top candidate for this position. I strongly believe he has the qualifications and leadership style to drive the unique academic needs of the campus.”

Black currently is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State University. He also is a former dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. He received his Ph.D. in theater at the University of Kansas.

Read more about Black’s background here

I know the new chancellor is hearing about the climate because I heard it from Texans when I moved to Minnesota in the 1990s. And they were right …

Welcome to Minnesota. One word of advice: layers.

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