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UMD-UMB Merger: Open Forum

Dear University of Maryland community:

As you know, the Maryland General Assembly requested that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents (BOR) undertake a study on merging the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Information on the merger study may be found at: http://president.umd.edu/communications/statements/information-merger-study

This is a reminder that the BOR is holding on our campus an open forum on this issue. The date is next Friday, October 28, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Registration to sign up to speak is closed. However, if you wish to submit written comments to the Regents, you may do so at the USM website: http://www.usmd.edu/regents/UMCP-UMBMergerStudy/RTS.html.

If you are unable attend, the forum will be streamed live on the web. Please go to our University's home page (www.umd.edu) on October 28 and click on the appropriate link under items "In the News."

Speakers on October 28 will be faculty, deans, students, and staff. Invited speakers include Dr. Hunter Rawlings, President of the Association of American Universities (comprised of the 59 most distinguished public and private research universities in the nation, including UMCP) and former President of Cornell University, where the main campus is in upstate New York and the medical school is in New York City; Dr. Jean Robillard, Vice President for Medical Affairs who oversees The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and Dr. Paul Rothman, Dean of the Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa. These academic leaders have fostered successful educational and research connections between the health sciences and other academic and professional fields (arts and sciences, engineering, law, etc.) to enhance the excellence and impact of research universities in today's globalized world.

Today, the BOR held an open forum on merger at UMB. The testimony of Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, which you may find informative, can be found at: [Create new PDF link here]

You are cordially invited to the second and final BOR open forum on October 28.

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President