Can Our Elections Ever Be Completely Secure?

Bruce deGrazia, University of Maryland Global Campus collegiate professor of cybersecurity management and policy, offered a historical look at the inner workings of voting systems and related cybersecurity challenges in U.S. election processes during the Oct. 19 session of the university’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month webinar series.Continue Reading

UMGC Experts Say Communication and Access Are Key to Addressing Online and Hybrid Learning Challenges

Chike Patrick Chike, University of Maryland Global Campus adjunct assistant professor of cybersecurity,  teamed with cybersecurity graduate student Olubusayo Ladelokun to discuss challenges related to online and hybrid learning—and outline remedies—during the Oct. 14 session of the university’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month webinar series.Continue Reading

Remembering Louis Carter: A Master at Forging Relationships

Louis Carter was a terrific conversationalist, an unofficial life coach, a solid singer who showed his range during a solo at his daughter’s wedding and a daily morale-booster for University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) staff in Largo. He accomplished all this while also performing his official duties as a security coordinator at the university.Continue Reading

UMGC’s New Certificate Program Preps Public Safety Workforce for Executive Leadership Roles

You’re a police officer, firefighter, EMT or emergency manager who wants to advance to an administrative position. Here is your dilemma: You need advanced training to qualify for the promotion, but employers often do not provide advanced training until you have the job.

That is a niche University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is filling with its new Public Safety Executive Leadership certificate program launching in January.Continue Reading

Vaccine Development Explained

With some Americans questioning the safety of vaccines while others are demanding rapid deployment of them at this critical moment in fighting Covid-19, University of Maryland Global Campus School of Arts and Sciences Dean Kara Van Dam asked microbiologist Jim Coker, chair of UMGC’s Science Department, to explain how the vaccine process works.Continue Reading

UMGC Alumna Takes Leadership Role in NYC Pandemic Response

While powering through 17 hours of labor leading up to the birth of her daughter, Syra Madad was also on her cell phone, sending email messages, monitoring incoming public health reports, and keeping in touch with the leadership team at her workplace.

That is what happens when you are managing COVID-19 strategy at the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.Continue Reading

UMGC MOOCs Help Entrepreneurs Around the World Grow

You have started your own business and consider yourself an up-and-coming entrepreneur.  But you have hit some snags. Your business is not growing, and you have questions about finance and logistics.

Where do you turn for answers?

University of Maryland Global Campus has MOOCs for that.Continue Reading

UMGC Webinar Series Highlights Doing Your Part to Be Cybersmart

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Join University of Maryland Global Campus leaders and special cybersecurity industry guests throughout the month for a webinar series to promote online safety and best practices.Continue Reading

His UMGC Cybersecurity Degree and Acceptance to the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative Led Alumnus Steve Muthomi to a Successful Career Transition

Steve Muthomi always wanted to work in information technology, so he began his career journey by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems management at the University of Central Oklahoma. But once he joined the U.S. Army in 2014, he found that juggling school and work was a bigger challenge than he anticipated.Continue Reading

Retiring UMGC President Javier Miyares Tapped by USM Chancellor to Advise System Schools on Growing Demand for Distance Education During COVID-19 Crisis

University of Maryland Global Campus President Javier Miyares, who announced in July that he would be retiring after eight years at the helm, has been tapped by University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, M.D., to assume a new advisory role focused on the System’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. In this capacity, he will advise on analytics and efforts to respond to the growing demand for distance education. He will work with the presidents of sister institutions and their respective academic teams to assess and improve the digital curriculum System-wide.

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“When I assumed the role of chancellor, I knew that Javier was eager to begin his retirement after an incredible tenure as UMGC president—and yet he agreed to stay on another 10 months,” said Perman. Javier’s new role will better allow System leaders to tap his considerable expertise and improve remote learning across the USM. The pandemic has reinforced how vital it is that students benefit from a high-quality online education—and I’m deeply grateful that President Miyares will remain to advance our work in this area.”

Commenting on moving up his departure from UMGC, Miyares, a self-described “data guy,” said this new role is in many ways a perfect fit. “I am grateful to Chancellor Perman for this opportunity to both step back from day-to-day institutional responsibilities and yet remain focused on the educational needs of students in our wonderful system—particularly those students who would be unable to access postsecondary education without new and innovative delivery methods.”

READ PRESIDENT MIYARES’ MESSAGE TO THE UMGC COMMUNITY

Perman has tapped Lawrence E. Leak, Ph.D., a highly regarded leader in Maryland higher education, to serve as interim president of UMGC while the search continues for a permanent replacement. Leak is currently secretary of the board of trustees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

In a distinguished career, Leak has served on the faculties of Towson University and Morgan State University and, from 2003 to 2007, was vice provost and chief academic officer at UMGC, which was then known as University of Maryland University College. 

Said Leak, in reflecting on the opportunities ahead, “I am excited to once again join a global community that is so devoted to the needs of adult students and so focused on providing them with both an exceptional educational experience and outstanding support.”

READ INTERIM PRESIDENT LEAK’S MESSAGE TO THE UMGC COMMUNITY