USM Board of Regents to Hold Annual Meeting June 22

Agenda includes chancellor's annual report, new academic programs,

capital budget proposal and election of 2005-06 officers

ADELPHI, Md. (June 18, 2005) The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents will hold its annual meeting Wednesday, June 22. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am in Rooms 1112-1114 of the Henson Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

The board will consider a proposal to establish a School of Aging Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. John Erickson, founder and CEO of Erickson Retirement Communities, in 2004 committed $5 million to UMBC to establish the Erickson School of Aging Studies. As proposed, the school would prepare business leaders, policy makers, and applied researchers to address the diverse needs of the aging population.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, the board will consider proposals for the following academic programs:

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security Management and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Security Assessment at Towson University;
  • Master of Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology and a Bachelor of Science in International Business at University of Maryland, College Park;
  • Master of Science in Health Administration at University of Maryland University College.

In addition, the board will review proposed guidelines for non-USM institutions offering programs at the university system's two regional centersUniversities at Shady Grove and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

In other business, the board will consider the university system's proposed FY 2007 capital budget totaling $172 million. The regents also will review the system's proposed FY 2007-2011 capital improvement program totaling $932.6 million. Individual projects in the five-year plan support system priorities, including enrollment growth, improvements in teaching and learning, and the expansion of research capacity.

As is customary at the board's last meeting of each fiscal year, the chancellor of the university system will deliver his annual report. USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan will highlight the system's progress during 2004-05 and discuss its challenges.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, Kirwan and the regents will honor the outgoing regents: Adela Acosta, Jeremy Horine, and the Honorable Joseph D. Tydings. Joining the 17-member board July 1 will be the Honorable Francis X. Kelly, chairman and CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group and a member of the Maryland Senate from 1979 to 1990; and Joel Wilcher, an undergraduate business student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is expected to appointed a third new regent soon.

In addition, Kirwan will recognize the contributions of Clifford M. Kendall, outgoing chair of the board. Kendall will continue as a member of the board.

Access the full agenda for the June 22 meeting at: /usm/regents/Agendas/fb062205.html. Full agendas and background information will be available at the meeting. Sign language interpreters and/or other appropriate accommodations for eligible individuals with disabilities will be provided on request. Please call 301.445.2756 (voice) or 301.314.7683 (TTY/ITT) to make special arrangements.

Contact: Anne Moultrie