Maryland Chancellor Search Committee Members Named

    An 18-member committee will search for a new chancellor to lead the University System of Maryland.

    Chancellor Robert L. Caret announced last month that he will not seek a new term after his current one ends June 30, 2020.

    The search committee will be led by two co-chairs, Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and Vice Chair Barry Gossett.

    The other members of the committee include seven additional regents, three campus presidents, faculty, students and other representatives from the higher education community.

    The members are:

    • Gary Attman, USM Board of Regents
    • Robert Bedingfield, partner, Ernst & Young
    • Aminta Breaux, president, Bowie State University
    • Veronica Cool, managing partner, Cool & Associates LLC
    • Ellen Fish, USM Board of Regents
    • Patricia Florestano, former Maryland secretary of higher education
    • Geoff Gonella, board chair, University of Maryland, College Park Foundation Trustees
    • Michelle Gourdine, USM Board of Regents
    • Freeman Hrabowski III, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    • Robert Kauffman, chair, Council of University System Faculty and professor, Frostburg State University
    • Isiah “Ike” Leggett, USM Board of Regents
    • Robert Neall, USM Board of Regents
    • Drew Needham, student member, USM Board of Regents
    • Robert Rauch, USM Board of Regents
    • Kimberly Schatzel, president, Towson University
    • Bonnie Stein, board chair, USM Foundation

    Denise Wilkerson, University System of Maryland Office chief of staff, will serve as liaison to the search committee and Chancellor Emeritus William “Brit” Kirwan, a past president and currently tenured faculty member at University of Maryland College Park, will serve the search committee as a senior consultant.

    “I am pleased that the search committee brings together such an accomplished group with exceptional leadership ability,” Gooden said in a statement. “Our goal is to recruit an exceptional leader who will leverage the collective strength of our system and work with our presidents to meet the research, innovation and workforce goals of the State of Maryland. I am confident that this is the search committee that will get us there.”

    Committee members will review nominations and applications for the position, conduct interviews with candidates and forward top candidates to the Board of Regents, which will make the final selection. An executive search firm Witt/Kieffer will help with the search.

    Caret announced his departure in May. He has faced criticism from some state lawmakers after a March investigation by The Associated Press revealed that an employee who raised ethics concerns about an email from Caret promoting a business was later the subject of retaliation. In response, lawmakers reduced the chancellor’s office budget by $642,600 – the same amount as Caret’s salary – and added a requirement to a Board of Regents ethics bill to notify the governor and General Assembly 30 days before a salary increase, severance package or financial bonus for the chancellor takes effect.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.