Statement from Chancellor Caret on Passing of USM Chancellor Emeritus Donald Langenberg

Baltimore, Md. (Jan. 28, 2019) -- University System of Maryland(USM)  Chancellor Robert L. Caret today issued the following statement after the passing this weekend of USM Chancellor Emeritus Donald Langenberg.

“Friends and Colleagues: Once again, I find myself forced to share with you some sad news: Chancellor Emeritus Don Langenberg—who led the University System of Maryland from 1990 to 2002—has passed away.

"As many of you know, Don began his career as an educator and ground-breaking physicist, specializing in experimental condensed matter physics, materials science, and superconductivity. He then transitioned into higher education leadership, serving as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the USM. As USM Chancellor, Don instilled an ethos that featured authority delegated to the individual campuses, a high degree of accountability, and a commitment to the best principles of shared governance, which today stands as the very foundation of USM’s success. His leadership was impactful and he will be missed.
"It is also gratifying to know that Don’s legacy will continue through the Langenberg Lecture and Award, which has become an annual ‘call to action’ from a nationally renowned educational leader to inspire and motivate those of us who value teaching. I know I speak for us all when I say our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Don’s wife, Pat, Professor Emeritus of epidemiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and their family and friends.”


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