BALTIMORE — The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland told the Board of Regents he does not wish to extend his contract and will step down on June 30, 2020.
Robert L. Caret told the board of his intentions on May 8. He stepped into the role at the helm of the state’s higher education system in 2015. His career started at Towson University in 1974, joining the Chemistry Department, USM said in a statement. He went on to serve as the dean, executive vice president, and provost. He left Towson to become the president of San Jose State University, only too be brought back to Towson as its president. In 2011, he left to become the president of the University of Massachusetts five-campus system. In 2015, he returned to Maryland to become the USM Chancellor.
“Public colleges and universities truly are the bridge to a more equitable society and are pathways to a better future, and we have to do everything we can to strengthen them and protect their vital mission,” Caret said in a statement. "....“Returning to the state where my career in public higher education began was a dream come true, but now is the time for me to move on and explore other professional options.”
Details about the Board of Regents search for a new chancellor will be released at a later date.