Orlan M. Johnson, Patricia S. Florestano Begin Terms as Chair, Vice Chair of USM Board of Regents
Adelphi, Md. (July 1, 2011) -- Orlan M.
Johnson and Patricia S. Florestano today begin terms as chair and vice chair,
respectively, of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.
Johnson is a partner in the law firm Saul Ewing's Business and Finance
Department and co-chair of the firm's Securities Transactions and Regulations
Practice Group. He was initially appointed to the board in July 2002. More
biographical information on Regent Johnson can be found at http://www.usmd.edu/regents/members/o_johnson.html.
Florestano, a former professor of government and public policy who served as
Maryland Secretary of Higher Education from 1995 through 2000, has served on
the board since March 2001. More biographical information on Regent Florestano
can be found at http://www.usmd.edu/regents/members/p_florestano.html.
Also effective today, the
USM welcomes two new members to the Board of Regents, Baltimore attorney David
Kinkopf and 2011-2012 Student Regent Collin Wojciechowski, a sophomore at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
in 2011, the Maryland Senate also confirmed the reappointments of Regents Barry
P. Gossett and James L. Shea, both of whom were appointed to their inaugural
term in February 2007.
Kinkopf, a partner at the Baltimore law firm Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, assumed
the board vacancy left by Regent Clifford Kendall when the 2011 fiscal year ended
on June 30. Regent Kendall has served the maximum number of five-year terms
A 17-member Board of Regents, including one
full-time student, governs the University System of Maryland. Appointed by the
governor, the regents oversee the system's academic, administrative, and
financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM chancellor and the
presidents of the system's 12 institutions. With the exception of the student
member, each regent is appointed for a term of five years and may not serve
more than two consecutive terms. The student regent is appointed for a one-year
term and may be reappointed. Regents serve on the board without compensation.
The University System of Maryland comprises 12
institutions, two regional higher education centers and a system office. USM
provides access to excellent higher education opportunities, performs
groundbreaking research, offers vital services to communities and individuals
and fuels economic and workforce development.
For more information about the board, visit http://www.usmd.edu/regents/.
Contact: Mike Lurie