USM Chancellor Appoints Search Committee for University of Maryland, Baltimore President


Adelphi, MD (July 7, 2009)-William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), today announced his appointment of the search committee for the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). UMB is one of the university system's 13 institutions.

"As the state's only public academic health, law, and human services university, the University of Maryland, Baltimore plays a unique role in the state," said Chancellor Kirwan. "Given that critical role, we are seeking a national leader who can build on the university's excellence and momentum. We hope to complete the search process within the next 10 months."

The chair of the search committee is Rick Berndt, managing partner with Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP in Baltimore and a former member of the USM Board of Regents.

The other members of the search committee are:

  • Janet Allan, Dean, School of Nursing
  • Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez, Associate Dean, School of Law
  • Colette Becker , Vice Chair, UMB Staff Senate
  • Meredith Bond, Chair of Physiology, School of Medicine
  • Marcelo Cardarelli, President, UMB Faculty Senate
  • Robert Chrencik, CEO and President, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Evan Cordes, President, Student Government Association, and School of Law Student
  • Natalie Eddington, Dean, School of Pharmacy
  • David George, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Dentistry
  • Jesse Harris, Professor, School of Social Work and the school's former dean
  • Richard Himelfarb, Member, UMB Foundation Board
  • James Hughes, UMB Vice President for Research and Development
  • Myron Levine, Professor, School of Medicine

Francis X. Kelly, a member of the USM Board of Regents and chairman/CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, is the search committee's liaison to the board. Katie Ryan, senior advisor to Chancellor Kirwan, is the committee's liaison to the Office of the Chancellor.

UMB President David J. Ramsay announced in early June that he will step down from his position effective upon the regents appointing a successor. Ramsay has been president of UMB since 1994. "Clearly, the university and the state have benefitted from David's visionary leadership during the past 15 years," Kirwan noted.

The university, located in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor, includes schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work. It also includes an interdisciplinary graduate school.

The campus is closely associated with the University of Maryland Medical System, the university's affiliated hospital system. As president of the university, Ramsay also sits on the board of directors of the hospital system.  

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