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UMD Chancellor Lendley Black announces retirement after 12 years

University of Minnesota Duluth's Chancellor, Lendley Black,
University of Minnesota Duluth's Chancellor, Lendley Black,(kbjr 6/cbs 3)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - DULUTH, MN-- University of Minnesota Duluth’s Chancellor, Lendley Black, announced his retirement Thursday morning after 12 years at UMD.

“I love the university, but I’m at a point in my life where I’m certainly not getting any younger, and I want to be able to retire and enjoy my family in ways I have not been able to. As you can imagine, this job is very demanding,” Black said.

Black has 40 years of higher education experience, with 12 of those spent at UMD, surpassing the national average of time working in higher education.

Black has battled massive financial obstacles and a global pandemic that marked his time at UMD as an adventure.

“We’ve really been around the country and different places but I continue to be inspired by this location and by the people in this area,” Black said.

Black helped raise $170 million for student support, secure new research opportunities, and large-scale upgrades to campus facilities.

Accomplishments colleague Lynne Williams, Director of University Marketing and Public Relations, respects.

“The university has really, really grown its research enterprise and really paying attention to the impact of the research, the quality of our research and that is something that stands out for a school like us and he really created that vision,” Williams said.

Black was also at the helm when former UMD women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller was not signed to a new contract. A decision that later cost the school $4.5 million via Miller’s discrimination lawsuit. Black maintained the decision was not discriminatory.

As for after retirement, Black plans on sticking around the area, engaging in local theatre, spending quality time with his family, and lending a hand to the community as much as he can.

Black will stay in his current position until a replacement arrives.

University of Minnesota system-wide President, Joan Gable has already started a nationwide search.

Black said Gable is optimistic about finding someone as early as the end of next spring.

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