Glendening names 2 to UM regents

May 21, 1999|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening named retired Adm. Charles R. Larson and Owings Mills marketing executive David H. Nevins yesterday to the governing board of the University System of Maryland.

Larson, the former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, headed a task force last year that recommended significant changes in oversight of the 13-campus system -- most of which were adopted this year by the General Assembly.

Impressed with his performance during the task force's politically sensitive deliberations, some key legislators had urged Glendening to appoint Larson to the system's Board of Regents and suggested him as a replacement for the chairman, Lance W. Billingsley.

"I want to see Admiral Larson involved at any level of the higher education system because I think he is superior," said Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, one of the General Assembly's authorities on higher education.

Billingsley has announced he will not seek reappointment as chairman when his term ends June 30. His announcement came after news accounts detailed his lobbying of state agencies while serving as the board chairman -- lobbying that prompted criticism from some legislators and others.

The board is scheduled to elect a chairman in July.

Nevins, president of Nevins and Associates, a Hunt Valley marketing and public affairs firm, has been a fund-raiser for Glendening. The governor appointed him chairman of the board of Maryland Public Television, a position Nevins is expected to leave to become a regent.

Larson and Nevins will succeed regents Charles W. Cole and Earle Palmer Brown, whose terms expire June 30 and who are not eligible for reappointment.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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