USM Board of Regents to Vote on New Academic Programs; Also to Act on Report of UMBI Review Committee, Budget Request Items

Adelphi, Md. (June 17, 2009) - The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents at its next meeting will vote on several new academic proposals and act upon recommendations of a report of the Ad Hoc University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) Review Committee.

The public session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 19 in Room 201 of the Lane University Center at Frostburg State University. During this annual meeting of the board, USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan will deliver his FY 2009 report.

The new academic program proposals under consideration include the following:

  • B.S. in Urban Studies, Coppin State University;
  • Integrated B.S. in Biology/M.S. in Applied Biology, Salisbury University;
  • Professional Science Master's in Applied Physics, Towson University;
  • B.S. in Public Health Science, University of Maryland, College Park (to be offered solely at the Universities at Shady Grove, one of USM's regional centers);
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary and Middle School Science Education, UMCP (to be offered initially at the Universities at Shady Grove).

The report from the UMBI Review Committee comes after its comprehensive study of the mission and organization of the research institute. In February 2009, Clifford Kendall, chairman of the USM Board of Regents, appointed this special committee of regents to develop recommendations to maximize the return on the state's investment in UMBI and its component centers. The board is expected to discuss and take action on the recommendations at the upcoming meeting.

Other action items include the FY 2010 System Funded Construction Program Request and the Towson University Dining Services Contract.

The agenda for the public meeting is available at

Before and after the public meeting, the board will meet in executive session.

Background information and agendas 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) for special arrangements.

Parking for attendees is available in front of Pullen Hall at the PAC parking lot. For driving directions to Frostburg State University and a campus map, click and



Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719