Regents To Hold Special Meeting March 11

ADELPHI, Md. (March 10, 2009)-The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents will hold a special meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:45 am in the 14th-floor conference room of UMB's Saratoga Office Building.

The agenda includes a discussion of the charge to the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute Ad Hoc Review Committee and a proposed amendment to the board's Policy on Approval of Procurement Contracts.

Board Chairman Clifford Kendall has appointed the special committee of regents to review the mission and organization of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI), one of USM's 13 institutions. The committee members are Norman Augustine, Patricia Florestano, Michael Gill, Orlan Johnson, and Frank Kelly. Kendall will serve as chair. The group will review UMBI's mission and current structure, as well as consider alternative organization options, including distribution of UMBI's four centers to other USM institutions.

Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera recently announced her decision to step down from the UMBI presidency June 30, 2009. Chairman Kendall has stated that this period of transition is an appropriate time to conduct the review.  

Background information on the agenda items will be available at the meeting. 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) to make special arrangements.

UMB's Saratoga Office Building is at 220 N. Arch Street, Baltimore. For a campus map and driving directions, visit:

Contact: Anne Moultrie
Phone: 301.445.2722