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Robert L. Bogomolny

December 09, 2007

Robert L. Bogomolny took on the role of president of the University of Baltimore on Aug. 1, 2002. A Harvard College and Harvard Law School graduate, Bogomolny came to UB from G.D. Searle & Co., where he served as corporate senior vice president and general counsel from 1987 to 2001. From 1977 to 1987, Bogomolny served as professor of law and dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Bogomolny has moved aggressively to develop UB's curriculum and programs, developing a joint M.B.A. program with Towson University and extending the school's reach by again admitting freshman and sophomore students.

"Cyrano de Bergerac" / by Edmond Rostand / Penguin Classics / 224 pages / $12

Although this is a play, I've read it numerous times over the years, much as one reads a favorite novel. I am taken with the core conflict and themes: of unrequited love; of the difficulty of making connections; of the false importance and ultimate frustration of appearance. Plus, the language is beautiful.

"The Grapes of Wrath" / by John Steinbeck / Penguin Press / 464 pages / $16

This story puts a human face on the American economic system and introduced me to issues of poverty and class conflict. The struggle between workers and management becomes a backdrop from which to examine actions, their consequences and, ultimately, fate.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" / by Mark Haddon / Vintage Books / 226 pages / $14

The author does an amazing job of depicting the world from an alternative perspective - one that could be considered "abnormal." The story reminds me that we all create our own individual reality and that it is important to try to understand how others see the world.

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