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.
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.