an incredible fall semester this has been! We got off to a
tremendous start with the buzz surrounding the first presidential
debate, which was held on campus on September 30. All eyes
were on the University of Miami that week, and our students,
faculty, and staff pulled it off with typical aplomb.
week we made one of the biggest announcements ever at the
University of Miami-news of historic proportions. The family
of the late Leonard Miller has generously donated $100 million
to UM to honor a remarkable individual who served on our Board
of Trustees for 20 years and was chairman from 1995 to 1999.
In recognition of this incredible gift, we have renamed the
school the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. It's an extraordinary
gift from an extraordinary family. Their gift is a wonderful
gesture of confidence in the school and sets the bar high
for philanthropy in higher education. This is the second school
to be named as part of the Momentum campaign; the Phillip
and Patricia Frost School of Music was named last year.
also received several other very generous and important gifts
to the Momentum campaign this fall. The Miller School
of Medicine received $13 million for translational research
from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and an additional
$5 million for genetics from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation.
The School of Business Administration received $10 million
from entrepreneur Miguel Fernandez. We are delighted that
we now have raised more than $800 million toward our billion-dollar
we will dedicate the new Marta and Austin Weeks Library and
Technology Center at the Frost School of Music. Numerous other
facilities are in design or construction across the campuses.
The Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center is nearing completion,
the M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education is
well under way, ground has been broken on an addition to the
School of Communication building, and a major new classroom
and residential building designed by world-renowned architect
Michael Graves will soon be under construction at the School
of Business Administration. The Clinical Research Institute
and Wellness Center are shaping up at the Miller School of
Medicine, and planning and design are well under way for a
major new research building on that campus.
the Board of Trustees elected Dean Colson chairman of the
board. Mr. Colson is a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson law
firm in Coral Gables and is an alumnus of our School of Law.
He also will serve as chairman of the Momentum campaign.
I wish to express my gratitude to Dr. Phillip Frost, who stepped
down as chair after three years of outstanding leadership
are upon us, and we have so much to be thankful for. I hope
each of you will take a moment to consider those whose holidays
may not be so bright. If you haven't made a contribution to
this year's United Way campaign, I trust you'll contact your
unit's United Way Ambassador and make a gift for 2005 now.
each of you a joyous and peaceful holiday season and a prosperous