UM Medical System names its new CEO

December 24, 2008|By Laura Smitherman | Laura Smitherman,

The University of Maryland Medical System, which underwent a board shake-up after the departure of its chairman this summer, announced yesterday the appointment of its longtime chief financial officer to be chief executive officer.

Robert A. Chrencik, who had been named interim CEO in August, takes over that position permanently after votes by the medical system's board earlier this month and the university's board of regents this week. The medical system oversees nine hospitals and employs nearly 15,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in Baltimore.

Former Chairman John C. Erickson and one-third of the medical system's board resigned in August amid allegations of interference by Gov. Martin O'Malley, who appointed new members to the board without its input. Tensions flared between doctors, the university and the system's leadership.

Many board members have not been replaced; the body now has 19 members with eight vacancies. Chrencik said the board, through a retreat and several meetings, has focused on discussing a "strategic direction" and putting the system's governance structure in order.

Chrencik said he also has worked to repair relations with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He noted that the system's last CEO was not approved by the regents.

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