Message From the Provost

Thomas J LeBlanc

Ever since the University of Miami was founded in 1925 on the principle of being a Pan American university with “perpetual existence,” this great institution of higher learning has never failed in its mission of living up to those ideals. Today, we stand as one of the nation’s top-tier private research universities—a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

With 11 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs, UM has been ranked No. 44 among the top national universities in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” listings.

Few institutions of higher learning offer the breadth and depth of curricular choices as the University of Miami. Our undergraduate curriculum known as the Cognates Program of General Education, for example, allows students to explore the University’s array of schools and colleges by choosing sets of at least three related courses that tap into their individual interests and career goals.

Research that leads to new knowledge is a characteristic of any stellar university, and in this area UM shines with nearly $324 million in annual research and sponsored program expenditures. Investigators from across the University conduct hundreds of studies in numerous areas, including medicine, marine science, engineering, education, and psychology.

With the University’s 100th birthday only a decade away, its role as a gateway institution to Latin America and the Caribbean and a leader in discourse throughout the hemisphere and beyond will take on even greater importance. The Roadmap to Our New Century is an ambitious plan to realize our aspirations in nine key areas by the time of the University’s centennial. These initiatives—in such areas as problem-based interdisciplinary inquiry, STEM, health care, and educational innovation—will help UM achieve its ultimate goal of becoming the hemispheric, excellent, relevant, and exemplary university. 

Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost