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USM president searches moving forward with Perman set at chancellor

Dr. Jay Perman speaks Oct. 21 at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion summit. (The Daily Record / Tim Curtis)

Dr. Jay Perman speaks Oct. 21 at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion summit. (The Daily Record / Tim Curtis)

The appointment of Jay Perman as the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland should bring some clarity to the two ongoing searches for presidents within the system.

Both Coppin State University and the University of Maryland, College Park, are looking for new leaders.

USM leaders pushed to complete the chancellor search quickly so the next chancellor would be known to candidates for the president jobs.

Candidates for the University of Maryland position have viewed Perman’s appointment positively, Gary Attman, chair of the search committee, told his fellow regents at their meeting Friday.

The search committee has held four forums and town halls, including two public forums in September. It has also met with community leaders, faculty, staff and students and toured College Park, Attman said.

It will begin narrowing down the list of candidates next month so semifinalists can interview with the committee in January, he said.

Finalists will interview with the full Board of Regents following that. The successor to President Wallace Loh will likely be named in March. Loh will retire at the end of June.

Finalists for the position will not be named publicly, keeping with the system’s policy of not naming candidates for president positions.

The search at Coppin State will wrap up much sooner. Regent Robert Wallace, who heads the Coppin search committee, said that search is near completion. Outgoing USM Chancellor Robert Caret said a new successor could be named in January.

That position has been vacant since June when former President Maria Thompson retired. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim has been serving as interim president.

Perman’s ascension to chancellor means the Board of Regents will have to start a third search soon in order to find his replacement as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


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