UMGC President Javier Miyares has retired after eight years at the helm of America's largest online public university. He is cited for recognizing the power of big data, leveraging analytics, and an unwavering focus on accessibility and affordability.

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In 2013, Miyares built on existing community college articulation agreements, launching the Maryland Completion Scholarship, which enabled Maryland community college graduates to earn a bachelor's degree from UMGC for a total cost of $20,000—including their community college tuition.

He also established a partnership with Prince George's Community College and Prince George's County Public Schools to create the Prince George's 3D Scholarship program, which allows high-achieving students to earn college credit while still in high school and ultimately complete a bachelor's degree for $10,000 or less.

And in a groundbreaking initiative, he partnered with UMGC alumnus and benefactor Richard F. Blewitt, of the Blewitt Foundation, to establish the Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program, which awards full UMGC scholarships to the volunteer caregivers of wounded U.S. military service members. To date, the program has granted 38 scholarships; eight recipients have already graduated, and three more are slated to earn their degrees this year.

In a historic 2019 initiative to better reflect UMGC's mission to serve adult students in Maryland and around the world, Miyares guided the university through the legislative process to change the institution's name to University of Maryland Global Campus from University of Maryland University College.

Leave a Message for Javier

July 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It hardly seems possible, but it has been more than eight years since I postponed my retirement plans to accept the UMGC presidency. It has been my honor and privilege to lead this remarkable institution, and the intervening years have been most rewarding, both personally and professionally.

So today I am writing to say thank you, and to announce—with mixed emotions—that I have notified the chancellor of my intention to retire upon the appointment of a successor.

I wanted you to be the first to know and to say to each of you how proud I have been to serve as your president. Now, as always, I am deeply grateful for your dedication to our university, your belief in our mission, and your commitment to the success of our students.

Together, we have navigated a perfect storm in adult higher education by streamlining operations and consolidating as one global university. We have cemented our commitment to access and affordability by creating and expanding the Maryland Completion Scholarship program, and we have taken bold steps in establishing UMUC Ventures and in the addition of a majority shareholder in HelioCampus, yielding a fourfold return on investment. At the same time, we have established a groundbreaking education partnership with Amazon, bolstered our position as the nation's premier provider of education to the U.S. military, and negotiated the university's first name change in 50 years.

Now—perhaps most remarkable of all—we have maintained our operational stability in the face of a global pandemic that necessitated the abrupt shift to remote operations in order to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests. And we are the stronger for it.

In every case, our success has built on a foundation of flexibility and agility that dates back to our inception in 1947. That foundation—along with our mission—has remained unchanged for more than 70 years, and it will be central to our success going forward.

With seasoned leaders in key positions across the university, now more than ever I am confident that our future is bright, our legacy secure, and the time is right to identify a new president who will continue our momentum and guide University of Maryland Global Campus forward in the 21st century.

Thank you, as always, for your efforts on behalf of our students and for all we have achieved together. I look forward to speaking with you more personally and in greater depth at our next global Town Hall meeting this fall. The chancellor will announce the launch of a formal search in the coming weeks, and we will share additional updates as the search process moves forward and we prepare for this leadership transition.


Javier Miyares

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Contribute to the Miyares Family Scholarship Fund

In his eight years as UMGC president, Javier Miyares championed UMGC's core value of "students first." Consistent with this focus, he created a scholarship fund in 2014 to provide support to undergraduate students who demonstrate a financial need. You can help us continue his legacy by supporting the Miyares Family Scholarship Fund today.

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Building a Legacy

Javier Miyares enjoyed a 45-year career that culminated in his transformative eight-year tenure as president of University of Maryland Global Campus.

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Video Tribute

This heartfelt video tribute celebrates special moments with Javier Miyares as well as highlights of his eight-year tenure as president.