After successfully leading University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for the past eight years—the institution was previously known as University of Maryland University College—Javier Miyares, the retiring president of UMGC, recently accepted a new advisory role to University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD. In this capacity, Miyares will focus on Systemwide data analytics and how to better position the USM for distance education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawrence E. Leak, PhD, has assumed the role of interim president at UMGC until the search for a permanent replacement can be completed.
In beginning the search for Miyares's replacement, the USM Board of Regents has committed itself to finding a successor who will continue UMGC's impressive trajectory, its ready embrace of pioneering innovation, and its leadership in leveraging technology to improve academic quality and college access.
"UMGC is the nation's largest online public university and, in fact, one of the U.S.'s largest providers of higher education, period," said USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. Its diversity of students—including adult students in the workforce and U.S. military—reflects our mission to educate the citizens of Maryland and beyond. The selection of UMGC's next president is therefore critically important not only to the university, but to the System, to the state, and to the country."