University System of Maryland
Robert Caret knows higher education. He started his career as a professor of chemistry at Towson University in 1974, and moved his way up to dean of national and mathematical sciences, provost and executive vice president in 1991. He left in 1995 to serve as president at San Jose State University, returning to Towson to serve as its president from 2003 to 2011.
And he was chosen to lead the University of Massachusetts as president before being named chancellor of the University System of Maryland in 2015.
Caret says that higher education institutions play an increasingly vital role in economic development. He co-chairs the state’s economic planning initiative, “Excel Maryland,” which focuses on developing new collaborative strategies to accelerate growth in the life sciences and cybersecurity industries.
“We need a vibrant business community if we are to have a vibrant society. The university system is a key player in making that happen through the workforce we produce, the research we undertake, and the companies we create,” he says.
David H. Nevins, president of Nevins & Associates, says he’s witnessed Caret’s transformational commitment to the business community and higher education.
“Bob spent his time at Towson creating partnerships with regional business, nonprofit and civic organizations, taking steps to raise student graduation rates, and expanding the university’s course offerings. His efforts have transformed Towson University from a small, local university to one of the most nationally recognized academic institutions in the country,” Nevins says.
Since becoming chancellor, Caret has brought this same commitment and leadership to reshaping Maryland’s universities as leading educational, research and economic institutions.
“He does this by approaching his position from a business aspect, working with Maryland businesses and civic leaders to establish vital partnerships for the system and its students,” says Nevins.