Students, Presidents Rally in Support of Governor's Higher Education Plan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 1, 2007) - The higher education community of Maryland rallied on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis Wednesday, October 31, to express its support for Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed dedicated revenue enhancements for higher education.

"This is a bold vision for our future," said University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William E. Kirwan. "They don't just want to pay the bills and balance the budget; they want to invest in our future, in health care and in higher education."

Students and presidents from Maryland's public and private colleges and universities echoed the chancellor's call to support the Governor and the Legislature in closing the state's budget deficit while making investment in higher education a priority for Maryland.

In addition to Governor O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, the following officials also joined the rally: James E. Lyons, Maryland Secretary of Higher Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission; Earl Richardson, President of Morgan State University; Tina Bjarekull, President, and Bret Schreiber, Vice President, of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA); MICUA board chair Sanford Ungar, President of Goucher College, and Chris Nelson, President of St. John's College; and representatives of St. Mary's College of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

Photos from the rally



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