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Berndt to chair USM search committee

Richard O. Berndt, a partner at Baltimore law firm Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP, has been named as chairman of a 10-member search-and-screening committee to recruit and review candidates for the position of chancellor of the University System of Maryland, made up of Maryland’s postsecondary institutions.

Appointment of the committee was announced Tuesday by James L. Shea, chairman of the USM Board of Regents.

Last month USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan announced he plans to step down from the post he has held since August 2002, but will remain until a new chancellor is selected.

Berndt is a former member of the Board of Regents.

For the text of the announcement and list of search committee members, go to