The first issue of the Voice was published in winter, 1986, and it has published continually since then. For this 30th anniversary edition, the Voice invited several distinguished members of the university community from across the system to reflect backwards and especially forwards. These articles appear here and in future editions. Also we reprint some still-pertinent articles from the inaugural issue. It was founded with a grant from the Federation of Maryland Teachers, and with the enthusiast support of William (Brit) Kirwan, then Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost.
Since its inception, the Voice has been an independent voice. Articles in the Voice are contributed by faculty and other members of the university community, and the editors contribute their time and effort. The Voice is appreciative of the support, in readership and in contributed articles, it has received over the years from the university community across the System, and looks forward to continuing to publish opinion and creative efforts of our community.