By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Former Towson University president, provost and faculty member Bob Caret is has been named the next University System of Maryland Chancellor.
Through his office, Caret said that he is still in negotiations, saying in a statement, “President Caret confirms that he is in discussions with the University System of Maryland about its chancellorship, discussions that continue, and has not resigned as president of the University of Massachusetts,” according to the Baltimore Business Journal, but the USM confirmed the hiring through an email sent out to all students at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.
In the email, James Shea, the chairman for the USM Board of Regents said, “I am pleased to inform you that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Robert Caret as the fourth chancellor of the University System of Maryland, effective July 1, 2015. Currently president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts, Dr. Caret served as president of Towson University, one of USM’s 12 institutions, from 2003 to 2011.”
It’s expected that he’ll resign from his current position as the president of the University of Massachusetts, from which he just signed a three-year contract with.
Caret was selected to take over the UMass presidency, which is the same as the chancellor position in Maryland, in 2011.
Representatives from the University System of Maryland and UMass could not be reached to confirm the report.
Caret will take over for William Kirwan, who is retiring. Kirwan recently announced that he would be staying in his position through February while the 10-member search committee made its final selections.
The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.