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Kirby Fowler
Mar 14, 2016

Downtown Partnership wants UM merger ‘off the table’

A partial merger of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore that’s being considered by state lawmakers will be bad for Baltimore, according to leadership of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. “Downtown Baltimore and UMB are in a symbiotic relationship with each other,” J. Kirby Fowler Jr., the organization’s […]

Mar 11, 2016

Senate approves merging two UM campuses

The Maryland Senate has given its approval to a controversial bill that would combine the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, but allow the two institutions to keep separate presidents. The bill, backed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., seeks to build on an existing partnership between the […]

Jul 1, 2015

Caret says he’ll focus on student success, innovation

Newly-minted University System of Maryland Chancellor Bob Caret took office Wednesday, and offered a brief glimpse of his immediate priorities for the office. “I will initially focus heavily on student success, academic innovation and economic development,” Caret said in a video message posted on YouTube. “To move these areas forward, we we must collaborate across […]

William Kirwan
Apr 27, 2015

USM names innovation center for Kirwan

The University System of Maryland is naming its Center for Academic Innovation in honor of outgoing Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan. The announcement, made earlier this month at a gala honoring Kirwan, capped a fundraising effort that raised $3 million for the center, which launched in late 2012. The center is tasked with building on […]

Apr 16, 2015

Search begins for new Towson president

The search is on to find Towson University’s new president. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, has appointed a search committee to find a new president following the retirement of former President Maravene Loeschke for health reasons in December, the system announced Wednesday. Timothy J.L. Chandler has served as the […]

William Kirwan
Apr 14, 2015

Budget crunch for universities, but capital projects move on

Maryland's fiscal 2016 budget could have been much worse for the state's higher education facilities, officials say, but the University System of Maryland will still feel the squeeze of a $47 million shortfall. As a result, institutions in the system can expect to face hiring freezes, larger class sizes and other service reductions in the coming year, said William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of t[...]

Apr 10, 2015

Bowling named interim president at Frostburg

Tom Bowling will become Frostburg State University's interim president when the school's current president departs in July, officials announced Friday. Bowling, who has been vice president of student affairs at the university since 2006, will serve until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing President Jonathan Gibralter, who is leaving to become president of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

Dec 19, 2014

New USM Chancellor Caret faces a familiar challenge

Incoming USM Chancellor Robert Caret brings cost-saving savvy to his new post – a resume that will come in handy as the state faces falling revenues.

William Kirwan
May 13, 2014

Kirwan steps down as USM chancellor

William "Brit" E. Kirwan is stepping down as chancellor of the University System of Maryland after 12 years in that position and 50 years in higher education.

Apr 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor – 4/12/13

Peter Franchot’s defamatory comment about Towson University President Maravene Loeschke (“Franchot: State funding of Towson baseball a ‘bad idea’”, Eye on Annapolis, April 3) is reprehensible. Calling Dr. Loeschke a liar in connection with her decision to discontinue two sports programs at Towson is patently unfair and manifestly untrue.

Apr 1, 2013

Higher education partnerships yield results

Maryland researchers dream about the possibilities of personalized medicine — using advanced technology to customize treatments for individual patients. Developing the treatments will take a broad mix of engineering, computer science, medical and biological expertise. The first critical step involves assembling this scientific dream team.

Jun 7, 2012

Laslo Boyd: Maryland’s legacy of leadership in higher education

The flurry of news stories in the last couple of months about Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, highlights a critical and often ignored issue in higher education. Leadership matters. Hrabowski is one of the rarest of all breeds, a transformative leader who has taken UMBC from being […]

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