Board Appoints Bob Caret as USM's Next Chancellor

USM Chancellor Search

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan on May 13, 2014, announced his plans to step down from his post as chancellor. Kirwan has served as USM chancellor since August 1, 2002. His career in higher education spans 50 years and includes four years as president of Ohio State University (1998-2002); 10 years as president of the University of Maryland, College Park (1988-1998); and 24 years as a member of the University of Maryland faculty.

In response to Kirwan's announcement, USM Board of Regents Chairman James Shea announced the appointment of a 10-member search-and-screening committee to recruit and review candidates for the chancellor position. The committee, in collaboration with Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm, will review nominations and applications for the position, conduct interviews with selected candidates, and forward top candidates to the Board of Regents, which will make the final selection.

Chancellor Kirwan has agreed to continue in his current role until his successor is named.

Leadership Statement for Candidates

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Applications and Nominations
Applications, nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest should be forwarded in confidence to John K. Thornburgh at Witt/Kieffer via email at or via phone at 412-209-2666.

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