Californian to head UM at Baltimore

March 01, 1994|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer

Dr. David J. Ramsay, a British-born physiologist and long-time administrator at the University of California, San Francisco, was named president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore today.

The announcement came after a vote here this morning by the University of Maryland Board of Regents.

"Dr. Ramsay brings to this post an impeccable record of $H academic and administrative experience," said George V. McGowan, chairman of the Board of Regents.

Dr. Ramsay, 54, will take over June 1 and will be paid a salary of $215,000 -- making him the highest-paid president in the 11-campus UM System. He will receive housing and car allowances totaling $19,500, a UM spokeswoman said.

UMAB supporters said they hope Dr. Ramsay will provide stability on a campus that has been hampered by leadership turmoil and infighting the past several years.

He succeeds Errol L. Reese, who resigned at the end of last year, under pressure from the University of Maryland Board of Regents.

UMAB, with 5,200 students and an annual budget of $313 million, comprises schools of law, medicine, pharmacy, social work, nursing and dentistry, as well as a graduate program affiliated with the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

UCSF, with its five professional and graduate schools, resembles UMAB. As senior vice chancellor for academic affairs there, Dr. Ramsay has broad oversight of the campus' academic life, including issues of tenure and promotion. He has also helped develop policies on radiation-related research and animal testing.

"I'm honored and somewhat awed," Dr. Ramsay told a gathering of university officials this morning. He pledged to expand the university's research work and to have UMAB play a leading role in the debate over national health-care reform.

For 12 years, Dr. Ramsay has served as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UCSF.

He has also retained his title of professor in the Department of Physiology and, until two years ago, oversaw a lab doing research into the cardiopulmonary system.

Dr. Ramsay was one of three finalists named by a search committee.

Dr. Jane E. Henney pulled out of the running in January when she accepted the job of vice president of health sciences at the University of New Mexico.

The third finalist was Dr. Florence P. Haseltine, director of the Center for Population Research at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ramsay was born in England and received his medical degree and doctorate in physiology from the University of Oxford.

At today's ceremony, Mr. McGowan gave to the new president a black UMAB baseball cap, which Dr. Ramsay promptly donned, and a UMAB sweat shirt.

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