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A message from Dean Jack Richman regarding Chancellor Thorp’s resignation announcement

To our Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends:

Yesterday Chancellor Holden Thorp announced that he will step down as Chancellor at the end of the academic year. This is sad news, and a loss for the University and our School.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chancellor Thorp for the past four years, and he “gets” social work. He understands the importance of it, and values our School. I feel regret and sadness that he is choosing to leave, but I recognize the stress and the difficulty that he’s been under.

Chancellor Thorp has been extremely supportive of our School and of the University, and we are very grateful.

As we look to the future, know that the state of our School is strong, and we’re doing well. We have outstanding students, excellent faculty and staff, and highly accomplished alumni. We’re hard at work developing grants, publishing cutting-edge research, recruiting for four new faculty positions, and we’re ranked as one of the top five social work graduate programs in the country. We’re doing extremely well, and we’re moving forward.

I deeply appreciate the support of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, Board of Advisors, and friends. It is due to your strength and commitment that we have been able to succeed through the trying times of recent years. Your support of our mission of teaching, research and service truly makes a difference.

Jack M. Richman