USM Board of Regents Meets October 20

Board will Hear Educational Forum on Excel Maryland Initiative, Vote on New Academic Programs

Adelphi, Md. (Oct. 18, 2017) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents at its next meeting will vote on proposed new academic programs and feature an opening educational forum on the Excel Maryland Initiative.

The public session of the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, October 20 in the Henson Ballroom of the Henson Center of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), located at  906 Backbone Road, Princess Anne, MD.

USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret and USM Vice Chancellor for Economic Development Thomas J. Sadowski will present the educational forum. The Excel Maryland Initiative, first announced in May 2017 by Gov. Larry Hogan, is a comprehensive, statewide economic development strategy focused on developing new collaborative strategies to accelerate growth in the life sciences and cybersecurity industries. The Excel Maryland steering committee co-chairs are Chancellor Caret and Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels.

The academic programs include adjustments to programs at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). UMUC is proposing adjustments to specific areas of concentration, which would result in three freestanding academic programs: M.S. in acquisition and contract management; M.S. in cyber operations; and M.S. in strategic communications. The board also will vote on a M.S. at Towson University in management and leadership studies.

The board will hear reports from the chancellor, councils of university system presidents, faculty, staff and students. The final public session item is a vote on whether to reconvene in closed session to discuss items exempted from public consideration under the Open Meetings Act.  

These items include various personnel matters (including presidential reviews), acquisition of real property, collective bargaining, honorary degree requests, and any other items that fall under categories specifically exempted from public consideration under the Open Meetings Act. Background information and the full agenda with supporting materials and the closing statement are available here.

Sign language interpreters and/or other appropriate accommodations for eligible individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please call 301.445.2756 (voice) or 301.314.7683 (TTY/ITT) for special arrangements.

For directions to UMES and a campus map, see here. Signage and campus officials will direct attendees to parking.

Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719