Welcome to the first issue of the Chancellor's Letter, a newsletter to keep you up-to-date on what's happening at the University System of Maryland (USM). I hope you will enjoy receiving this letter periodically. I also would like to receive your feedback on what you read here as well as other matters related to USM. Please write me at email@example.com.
The Maryland General Assembly is now considering Governor Martin O'Malley's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal for USM. At a time when many states are significantly reducing support for public higher education, Governor O'Malley has once again demonstrated a strong commitment to USM. His proposal calls for a modest increase in state support for the university system to cover mandatory expenses related to the inflationary costs to operate new facilities and provide employee benefits. It also includes funding to "buy down" a portion of the USM's proposed 5 percent tuition increase, resulting in a modest 3 percent tuition hike for in-state undergraduate students. This would be the first USM tuition increase in five years, during which time we will have moved the state from the sixth highest tuition in the nation down to a projected 21st.
I invite you to review USM testimony before the General Assembly in full at: http://www.usmd.edu/usm/legislation/.
Our three key legislative priorities are:
There is no doubt that an investment in higher education yields tremendous returns for Maryland and its citizens. Governor O'Malley and state legislators continue to demonstrate their ongoing support for advancing USM, enabling us to enhance our tremendous statewide impact.
Making Way for Leadership Changes at UMB and UMCP
Dr. Perman will succeed David J. Ramsay who has served as president for 15 years. The university and our state clearly benefited from David's visionary leadership during the institution's impressive growth in academic, research, and public service excellence.
Earlier this week, I announced the appointment of the search and screening committee for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). As many of you know, C. D. (Dan) Mote Jr. has announced that he will retire as president on August 31. At that time he will have led the university for 12 years, moving our flagship institution to the top ranks of public universities nationwide. Donald F. Kettl, professor and dean of UMCP's School of Public Policy, is chairing the search committee.
Without question, USM and the State of Maryland are both stronger thanks to the leadership provided by both David Ramsay and Dan Mote.
USM Institutions are "Best Values"
Closing the Achievement Gap
Contracts and Grants Top $1 Billion
USM Leadership Attracts Lumina Grant to
The University System of Maryland is a remarkable place. Our faculty, staff, and students take pride in their contributions to our state's qualify of life. We offer excellent and affordable academic opportunities, conduct path-blazing research, fuel economic and workforce development, and provide vital services to communities and individuals. We hope you share our pride.
William E. (Brit) Kirwan
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