Maryland's Kirwan to Retire After 25 Years as Public University Leader

May 14, 2014

William E. (Brit) Kirwan will retire as chancellor of the University System of Maryland when his successor is chosen, the university system announced Tuesday. Kirwan has headed the Maryland system for 12 years, and also served as president of its flagship campus, in College Park, from 1988 to 1998. In between, he headed Ohio State University. In addition to leading those institutions, Kirwan has (particularly in his gray eminence years) become a go-to leader for seemingly every committee formed to discuss important issues in higher education. He heads or co-chairs, among other things, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Research Council Board on Higher Education and Workforce, and the U.S. Senate Education Committee Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education.

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