Press Release - USM Board of Regents Names New President of University of Baltimore

March 1, 2002

USM Board of Regents Names New President of University of Baltimore

Robert L. Bogomolny, former corporate senior vice president and general counsel of G.D. Searle & Company and former dean and professor of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, has been named president of the University of Baltimore (UB), the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents announced today. Bogomolny will succeed H. Mebane Turner, who will retire this coming July after serving 32 years as UB's president. Bogomolny will begin his new position on August 1.

Nathan A. Chapman Jr., chairman of the Board of Regents, said, "In selecting Robert Bogomolny to lead the University of Baltimore, the Board has successfully completed a formidable task - that of identifying the person who can continue the outstanding work of Meb Turner and also make his own mark in the life of this great institution. The University of Baltimore occupies a unique place in higher education and in the city of Baltimore, and Robert Bogomolny is a proven leader who can both appreciate the history and traditions of UB while also imparting his own vision for its future."

Founded in 1925, the University of Baltimore is home to more than 2,000 undergraduate students and more than 2,600 graduate and professional students, as well as 151 full-time faculty. The institution focuses on upper division undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, which sets it apart from every other campus in Maryland. More than half of its students attend part-time, many of them working professionals who are advancing their education and careers. In addition to the remarkable educational opportunities it provides, the university is an integral part of the social, cultural and intellectual life of Baltimore.

Prior to his appointment as UB president, Bogomolny served as corporate senior vice president and general counsel for G.D. Searle & Company, an international pharmaceutical company, from 1987 to 2001. While at Searle, Bogomolny was responsible for all legal activities of the company, including its legal, regulatory, quality control, and public affairs departments. He also led the company's government affairs department in Washington, D.C. and served on the Searle Executive Management Committee.

Of his appointment, Bogomolny said, "I cannot imagine a more challenging or rewarding opportunity than to serve as the president of the University of Baltimore. Challenging because of the changing nature and increasing competition that mark higher education in the 21st century, and because I'm following in the footsteps of a leader whose name is synonymous with the institution. Rewarding because this is a university whose faculty, staff and students are genuinely dedicated to and excited about their campus, a fact which bodes well for its future growth and success."

USM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg praised the choice of Bogomolny, saying, "This is an individual who has proved himself in both academia and the private sector. The combination of his experience in these two worlds is ideal for a university so closely aligned with working students and the professions."

Prior to his experience at Searle, Bogomolny was a professor of law and dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University from 1977 to 1987. Before that, he served seven years as professor of law at Southern Methodist University School of Law. Other positions he has held include assistant director of the Vera Institute of New York, a criminal justice research entity (1969-70); assistant chief counsel to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (1967-69); special assistant to the U. S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1966-67); and associate for Burke, Haber & Berrick, Cleveland, OH (1963-66).

A native of Cleveland, OH, Bogomolny earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from Harvard University. For the former, he graduated cum laude.

Bogomolny is a member of several professional and philanthropic organizations. He serves as chairman of the board of Chamber Music America, a national nonprofit organization for professional chamber musicians with offices in New York. He also is a board member of the Foundation for Emotionally Disturbed Children in Chicago, and a board member and past president and chair of the development committee of Orchard Village, a program for developmentally disabled adults in Skokie, IL. His work in the legal arena includes past membership on the steering committee of the Task Force on Violent Crime for the Bar Association of Greater Cleveland, and former trustee of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He also served as chairman of the Task Force on Medical Care for the Indigent, sponsored by the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners in Cleveland, OH. Bogomolny is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Ohio, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a legal scholar, Bogomolny has published dozens of articles, book reviews, and studies, notably "The Right to Nondisclosure" in Human Rights Journal (1976),  "General Thoughts on Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts of the United States" in the Cleveland State Law Review (1978), and "Bank Robbery," an article in the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (1983).

The University of Baltimore was founded in 1925 as a private institution. Its founders were a group of Baltimore civic leaders who wanted to provide low-cost, part-time evening study in business and law for working adults. Its first site was at the southeast corner of St. Paul and Mt. Vernon Place with a class of 62 law students and 114 business students. UB became a state institution in 1975 and became part of what is now known as the University System of Maryland at the latter's founding in 1988. The current campus includes a number of pre-existing buildings in the historic Mt. Royal neighborhood. The newest facility houses the Merrick School of Business. UB continues to provide outstanding educational opportunities for business and law students, but has added several full-time day programs as well as an array of professionally oriented liberal arts programs.

Bogomolny was selected by the Board of Regents from a national field of candidates, including six semi-finalists and three finalists. A 15-member Presidential Search Committee, including representatives from UB's faculty, staff, student, and alumni populations, selected the finalists following campus-wide surveys and discussions. The Board of Regents interviewed all three finalists.

Bogomolny has four grown children and a grown stepchild. He currently resides in Wilmette, IL.


Chris Hart
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