Search for next chancellor of university system begins

March 21, 2001|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The search for a new chancellor for the University System of Maryland got under way yesterday in a closed-door meeting of the Board of Regents.

After the daylong session at system headquarters in Adelphi - closed because it dealt with personnel matters - regents Chairman Nathan A. Chapman Jr. said the search is on course to choose a successor to Donald N. Langenberg by the end of year.

Chapman said the regents appointed two committees, one to compose a "leadership document" - essentially a job description - and another to work out the details of the search.

A search committee, including regents, academics and representatives of the business community, will be appointed next month, Chapman said.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has not denied widespread reports that he is interested in the job heading the 13 institution system after he leaves office in 2003.

Chapman said this would not be a problem, comparing it with searching for a new college president when the interim president is a candidate for the position.

"We are aware of the possibility of the governor being a candidate, but we are not aware of his intentions," said Chapman - who, like all the regents, was appointed by Glendening. "But we have experience in dealing with matters like this. The key thing is that we conduct a search that is open, that involves the experts and the various university constituent groups who will be helpful to the process."

Langenberg is set to retire in April 2002, a compromise date set at a regents' meeting in October. Some regents, unhappy with Langenberg, had pushed for him to retire early this year, but Glendening made known that he hoped the chancellor would remain in place until the end of 2002.

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