Special Public Meeting of USM Board of Regents Scheduled for Dec. 22; Action to be Taken on Memoranda of Understanding for UMBI Restructuring

Adelphi, Md. (Dec. 18, 2009) - A special public meeting of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 22. The meeting will be held in the Chancellor's Conference Room in the Elkins Building at the University System of Maryland headquarters, 3300 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, MD.

Action items before the board include:

• A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between USM; the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to restructure the  University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute's (UMBI) Center of Marine Biotechnology as the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.

• An MOU between USM and UMBC to address the assignment of UMBI's Institute of Fluorescence to UMBC.

The Board of Regents on June 19, 2009 voted to realign UMBI's centers with other USM institutions to increase multidisciplinary and collaborative research. Once the realignment is complete, UMBI will no longer exist as a separate USM institution.
The board will also hear discussion regarding an admissions and amusement tax derived from ticket admissions to intercollegiate athletic events. The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) has sought the guidance of the board on this matter.

After the public meeting, the regents 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 the front of the parking lot at the University System of Maryland headquarters. For driving directions, click http://www.usmd.edu/usm/directions.

You can access an online version of the Public Agenda here.


Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719
Email: mlurie@usmd.edu