Press Release - Regents Form Search Committee for New USM Chancellor

May 14, 2001

Regents Form Search Committee for New USM Chancellor

The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland (USM) today announced the formation of a search and screening committee to consider candidates for chancellor of the system. The new chancellor will succeed Donald N. Langenberg, who will retire on April 30, 2002.

"The committee intends to search far and wide to identify the very best candidates for one of the very best jobs in higher education," said Board of Regents Chairman Nathan A. Chapman, Jr., who will chair the 17-member search committee.

"The selection of chancellor is the most important decision the board  makes," Chapman said. "The position is not only critical to the system, it is critical to the state. The foundation of Maryland's success in the new economy will be its system of higher education. The USM has grown in size and stature during Don Langenberg's tenure. USM institutions are entering the top ranks of academia. We will identify a leader whose experience, energy, and vision will accelerate and build on the progress of the past decade."

The search committee includes five members of the USM Board of Regents, three presidents of USM institutions, four representatives of USM faculty and staff, and five members of the public. The committee will review nominations and applications for the position, conduct interviews with candidates it determines are most qualified, and forward three to five candidates to the full Board of Regents, which will make the final selection. The search committee will be assisted by an executive search firm, which has yet to be selected.

The University System of Maryland is the nation's 12th largest university system.  The USM's 11 degree-granting institutions and 2 research institutes enroll nearly 130,000 students worldwide in 600 degree programs delivered in classrooms, laboratories, education centers, and online. The USM's nationally ranked programs, leading-edge research collaborations, and innovative business partnerships support the USM mission and the goals of the USM Strategic Plan in preparing students for the promises and demands of the new century.

A complete list of the Chancellor Search and Screening Committee is available online.

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The University System of Maryland is governed by a 17-member Board of Regents and includes 13 distinct and complementary institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State College; Frostburg State University; Salisbury State University; Towson University, University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College.


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