University System of Maryland Timeline
The University System of Maryland was created in 1988 from the merger of University of Maryland (UM) and Board of Trustees of State Universities and Colleges (BTSUC). Following is a timeline of important events in USM's history.
College of Medicine founded in Baltimore; rechartered in 1812 as the University of Maryland.
College of Medicine founded in Baltimore; rechartered in 1812 as the University of Maryland.Read more about UMB's history
Maryland General Assembly charters an independent Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first dental college in the world
(predecessor of the Dental School, University of Maryland at Baltimore)
Maryland General Assembly charters the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park
the country's third college of agriculture (predecessor of University of Maryland, College Park); achieves land-grant status in 1865.
Baltimore Normal School founded as a training school for black teachers
(predecessor of Bowie State University)
Read more about Bowie State University's history
Maryland State Normal School for teachers founded .
(predecessor of Towson University)
Delaware Conference Academy founded
(predecessor of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore); achieves land-grant status in 1890.
Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station opens
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State Normal School No. 2 at Frostburg founded as a teacher-training school
(predecessor of Frostburg State University)
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Coppin State College founded as a training school for black elementary school teachers in Baltimore
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Maryland Cooperative Extension Service established
Maryland General Assembly merges the professional schools in Baltimore with the Maryland State College of Agriculture at College Park to create the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Salisbury State College (predecessor of Salisbury University) founded as a two-year teacher-training school.
Read more about Salisbury Unversity's history
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, founding component of the UMCenter for Environmental Science, established.
University of Baltimore founded.
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College of Special and Continuation Studies established (becomes University of Maryland University College in 1959).
Maryland General Assembly creates the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges to assume control of five former state teachers colleges: Bowie State, Coppin State, Frostburg State, Salisbury State, and Towson State.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County founded.
Maryland General Assembly establishes a five-campus University of Maryland network comprising University of Maryland at Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and University of Maryland University College.
University of Baltimore, a private institution, joins the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges System as an upper-division institution.
Maryland General Assembly changes the name of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges System to the State University and College System of Maryland.
University of Maryland Sea Grant Program established; designated a Sea Grant College in 1982.
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University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute established.
University of Maryland System created from the merger of the five University of Maryland institutions and the six members of the State University and College System of Maryland.
John S. Toll appointed first chancellor of the new system.
Read more about the merger of Maryland institutions and the USM
Donald N. Langenberg appointed as second chancellor of the system.
University of Maryland System becomes University System of Maryland.Read more about the USM
Legislation provides USM institutions greater autonomy, particularly in the creation of new programs, and grants the USM the status of a public corporation.
Opening of the Universities at Shady Grove, USM's first regional center.
William E. Kirwan appointed third chancellor of the system.
Opening of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, USM's second regional center.
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USM celebrates its 20th anniversary.Read more about USM's 20th anniversary
USM Launches Way2GoMaryland.
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Strategic realignment implemented to integrate former UMBI centers with USM institutions for enhanced collaborative research.Read more about UMBI
Launch of University of Maryland: MPowering the State (a structured collaboration between UMB and UMCP).
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USM Launches Center for Academic Transformation.
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USM celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Robert L. Caret (appointed December 2014) begins as fourth chancellor of the system.
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University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland joins USM as its third regional higher education center.
March 1, 2019
Jay A. Perman, MD (appointed November 2019) begins as fifth chancellor of the system.
Read more about Bob Caret becoming USM's chancellor