Robert L. Caret has been named the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland. On July 1, Caret will succeed William E. Kirwan, who will retire after having held the position since 2002.
Caret has led the University of Massachusetts since July 2011, during which time he has become a leading spokesperson on college affordability and student debt. His pursuit of a 50-50 funding formula for UMass resulted in the state and students contributing equally to the university’s general education program, and a 22 percent increase in the base budget for two years.
Caret was previously president of Towson University (Md.), where he had also served in teaching and administrative roles during his 25-plus years there.
Other people news:
- Stephen Trachtenberg, president of The George Washington University from 1988 to 2007, joined law firm Rimon, P.C. as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. He is currently GWU’s University Professor of Public Service.
- After a 10-year tenure, Robert Morris University (Pa.) President Gregory Dell’Omo will step down at the end of this academic year to become the seventh president of Rider University (N.J.). He will start on Aug. 1, when President Mordechai Rozanski retires.
- In December, Randy Hanna, who had been the Florida College System’s chancellor since October 2011, resigned to return to his former law firm.