In a rebuff to Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg, the University of Maryland Board of Regents said yesterday it welcomed faculty discussion on agricultural research and education, and it directed the chancellor to consult the College Park campus and others on his plan to restructure the field.
At a meeting in Salisbury, the vice chairman of the governing board, Roger Blunt, praised the chancellor for trying to solve problems connected with agricultural education. But he also moved the chancellor's proposed solution from a regents' subcommittee charged with matters of educational organization and salaries to one that handles education policy, according to Anne Moultrie, media relations director for the University of Maryland System.
In a resolution to regents yesterday, the College Park Campus Senate asked the panel to defer any action on agricultural research and education until all state university system units involved put their plans on the table for a "full and open" discussion.
The resolution follows faculty letters of outrage to the chancellor over his attempt to restructure agricultural studies in a secret meeting with a regents' subcommittee last week.
The matter was tabled after the president of College Park learned of it and intervened with regents.