William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) since August 2002, announced that he will step down from his leadership position after a career spanning more than 50 years in public higher education. Kirwan will remain as chancellor until the board conducts a national search and chooses his successor.
Kirwan has had a long and distinguished career in higher education. USM’s productive working relationship with Maryland’s elected officials and business community is a testament to his leadership. The partnership has yielded a strategic alignment of USM and state priorities related to higher education affordability, student success, academic and research excellence, higher education’s role in economic and workforce development, and responsible stewardship of resources.
Kirwan served on the Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors for several years. He also received the Maryland Chamber’s Public Service Award in 2012, in recognition of his many efforts to align USM resources to focus on workforce needs in key areas that will drive Maryland’s economy forward.