Perman named president of UMB

He is former chief of pediatrics for UM Medical System

February 23, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has named Dr. Jay Perman, dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky medical school and former chair of pediatrics for the University of Maryland Medical System, as its new president.

He will replace David J. Ramsay, who announced in June that he would step down as president after 15 years.

The school made the announcement as it has been mired in controversy involving a state legislative audit that showed a high-ranking employee received $410,000 in "questionable compensation payments" that were approved by Ramsay. University payroll records revealed that employee was the former dean of the law school, Karen H. Rothenberg.

Perman will take the reins of the university, which includes many of the state system's most prestigious graduate programs, including its medical and law schools, on July 1.

"I am highly honored to be the next president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore," Perman said in a statement. "Working with its faculty, staff, students, and alumni, I relish the opportunity to lead this important institution to even greater heights. The state of Maryland and UMB were my personal and professional home for many years. To come back in this role is a special privilege."

According to the statement, he joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1999 and served as chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatrics for the University of Maryland Medical System.

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