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