Press Release - Statement of USM Board Chair on Chancellor Search Process

December 7, 2001

Statement of Nathan A. Chapman, Jr., Chair of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents on the Search Process for a New USM Chancellor

In light of Governor Glendening's announcement that he is not a candidate for chancellor of the University System of Maryland, the Board of Regents today took action to insure that the pending search for a new chancellor is in all respects thorough and comprehensive.
In an effort to attract the largest possible pool of talent, the board authorized its Search and Screening Committee to extend the timeframe for accepting nominations and soliciting candidates. By board action the new chancellor should be in office no later than September 1, 2002, the beginning of the 2002 academic year.
In a related action, the board directed its Organization and Compensation Committee to develop a contingency plan for the appointment of an interim chancellor to coincide with the April 30, 2002 retirement of Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg.
The board reaffirmed its commitment to the integrity of the search process, the development of a strong pool of highly qualified candidates, and the selection of the very best leader to assume this prestigious and challenging post.


Francis Canavan
Phone: 301/445-2722