Laura Dugan was just elected to be the Chair of the University Senate. She begins immediately as Chair-Elect through May 2020 and will subsequently serve as Chair from May 2020 until May 2021. This particular term is timely as the university is engaged in a search for a new president, and Dr. Dugan will be Senate Chair during the new president’s first year in office. The University Senate is one of the largest and most influential governing bodies at the University of Maryland. The Senate is composed of faculty, staff, students, and administrators that are peer-elected, volunteer, or appointed. As Senators and Senate Committee members, these constituents directly participate in the shared governance of our University. The primary function of the Senate is to advise the University President on virtually all campus policy matters and concerns, including but not limited to: education, budget, personnel, campus-community, long range plans, facilities, and faculty, staff and student affairs (subject to the limitations imposed by laws or mandates from the University of Maryland System Board of Regents or the Chancellor).