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President Baltimore, MD

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC or the University) seeks an inspirational, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as its next president. Committed to inclusivity and innovation, UMBC is proud to be one of the fastest-growing and most diverse public research universities in the nation, with just over fifty percent of its nearly 14,000 students self-identifying as students of color. The University’s vibrant campus is regarded as a new model for American higher education – a place where talented students, faculty, and staff thrive in a culture that embraces new ideas and strong shared governance. The next president will work closely with the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), its 12 partner institutions in the System, and major public and private partners in the region to sustain and expand its critical educational, scholarly, and equity-oriented work.

Young and dynamic, UMBC is small enough to provide personal attention to its students, yet large enough to offer state-of-the-art facilities and the finest faculty. It is home to 10,835 undergraduate students; 2,803 graduate students; 919 faculty; and 1,582 staff employees. U.S. News and World Report 2022 ranks UMBC the #6 university for undergraduate teaching in the nation, and it has consistently ranked as one of the “Most Innovative” national universities and one of the nation’s leading institutions for social and economic impact.

UMBC’s annual operating budget stands at $540.5 million, with annual research expenditures of $80 million. At the heart of its mission, UMBC aims to connect innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. UMBC seeks a leader who will: provide bold, strategic, and courageous leadership in envisioning UMBC’s future; sustain and prioritize UMBC’s culture of shared governance, transparency, and trust; advance the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; build on UMBC’s success to achieve national recognition as an outstanding research university; generate financial resources and accelerate philanthropic success to ensure a sustainable financial future; and promote a clear strategy and vision to strengthen undergraduate and graduate enrollment efforts to stay ahead of nationwide demographic trends.


All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed electronically and in confidence below.

Gale Merseth and Keight Tucker Kennedy are leading this search with Vijay Saraswat, Berkley Burke, and Kendra Clifton.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County values safety, cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning, equity, and civic engagement. Consistent with these principles, the UMBC does not discriminate in offering equal access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of a UMBC community member’s race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, ancestry, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or genetic information.

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