A Message from Provost Gail Baker

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It is my pleasure to share my thoughts with the more than 65,000 alumni, parents and friends of the university who receive USD Magazine.

Since my arrival on campus in 2017, I have been continually impressed by our campus community. Amazing faculty members, inquisitive students, caring administrators and dedicated staff members; these are the people doing the important work of empowering individuals to lead purposeful lives.

USD Provost and VP Gail BakerAt the core of USD’s mission are solidarity, compassionate service, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Here, excellence in learning converges with endless inspiration, and community members are nurtured as leaders who work in an environment that fosters growth and creativity.

This has been a remarkable year of achievement. Timothy Keane, PhD, has been named dean of the School of Business. He joined us at the beginning of January 2020. Dr. Keane comes to USD from Regis University, where he served as founding dean and professor for the Anderson College of Business. His previous roles include serving as executive and founding director of the Emerson Leadership Institute and Emerson Ethics Center at Saint Louis University. At Saint Louis, he also served as associate dean and executive director for the Center of Sustainability.

We were also proud to announce the search for a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position. This position is essential for USD to continue to advance our institutional commitment to strengthen diversity, inclusion and social justice.  The CDO will provide strategic leadership to move initiatives forward so that our community will be empowered by a culture of care and supported by pathways for access and inclusion.

Across campus, we take the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si’, to heart as we approach USD’s 75th anniversary in 2024. In it, he tells us we must not only speak the words, but also take immediate action regarding caring for our common home.. Therefore, we have taken concrete steps across the university — including revising policies affecting how we do business, facilitating engagement from our staff, students, faculty and administrators and creating and supporting curricular efforts at all levels — that reveal areas of opportunity to create a truly shared and lived vision.

Toward that end, the decision has been made to print USD Magazine just twice a year. Moving forward, the summer issues will be online-only (sandiego.edu/usdmag) with a print edition produced each spring and fall. The website will continue to feature the same inspiring stories of our faculty, alumni, students and generous donors, along with class notes, videos and more.

In my time on campus, I have been deeply moved by the hard work of this community and our shared promise to face humanity’s urgent challenges with dedication, empathy and grace. Thank you for your part in making this campus engaging, intriguing and exciting. Thank you, especially, for your commitment to building a strong future for the University of San Diego. —Gail F. Baker, PHD Vice President and Provost

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