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William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan Is Retiring As Chancellor Of University System Of Maryland

A mathematician and former president of U-Md. and Ohio State University, Kirwan has national stature as an advocate for higher education reform.

Since Kirwan became chancellor, enrollment in the university system has risen 24 percent, exceeding 153,000 students last fall. The number of bachelor’s degrees awarded each year has grown 36 percent in that time to more than 23,000.

U-Md. has grown in international prominence as a research institution since 2002, while the University of Maryland Baltimore County has drawn national attention for undergraduate teaching and research. The University of Maryland University College has become the nation’s largest online public university. Towson and Salisbury universities, among others in the system, have evolved as regional draws.

But Coppin State University in Baltimore has struggled.