Daily Record Staff//April 28, 2023
//April 28, 2023
In January 2020, Jay A. Perman became the fifth chancellor of the University System of Maryland, which includes 12 universities serving 170,000 students.
A gastroenterologist who still practices medicine once a week, Perman was president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a decade before taking his current job in higher education.
What is the biggest challenge facing higher education?
This notion that a college education doesn’t really matter anymore, that there’s not significant value in it. Higher ed has enormous value — to individuals in terms of their personal and professional ambitions, and to society at large, in terms of the existential challenges we address through our education, our research, and our service. As a group of higher ed leaders, I think we need to reassert this value in a way that people can understand.
What is the most encouraging new development in higher education?
The groundswell of collaboration and support I see between higher education and K-12 education. I often say that higher ed doesn’t work unless the pipeline works. That means we have to join with our K-12 partners to develop students’ interest in college early on, and get them ready for it. I’m proud when I see how closely our universities are working with elementary, middle, and high schools to give all students their best chance at long-term academic success.
What do you do to unwind?
Walking along any shoreline relaxes me. As a Marylander, I’m lucky to have plenty of access to water.