Adelphi, Md. (Jan. 5, 2021)—Mallory Lawrence, a 2019 graduate of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) Master’s of Cybersecurity Management and Policy program was recently named a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). He was one of 551 finalists selected from approximately 6,800 applicants for the 2021 program year.
Distinguished Scholar and Innovative Administrator to Join UMGC on January 4, 2021, Having Served Most Recently as President of Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus
Adelphi, Md. (Dec. 9, 2020)–Gregory Fowler, Ph.D., grew up in Albany, Georgia, one of eight children; his mother was a secondary school teacher and other family members included ministers and pastors. He realized from an early age the power of education and the need to engage with people and help them wherever they are in life. These lessons have driven his success as a distinguished scholar, faculty member and innovative administrator during his 25-year career in higher education.
Adelphi, Md. (Dec. 9, 2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), the largest online public university in the country, and Apex Systems, a world-class technology services firm, announced today an alliance that aims to increase upskilling and reskilling Apex consultants and employees with a focus on military veterans getting jobs in the cybersecurity field.
Online Ceremony to Include Keynote Address by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks
Program to Go Live Beginning Saturday, Dec. 19, at 12 p.m. EST
Adelphi, Md. (Dec. 7) — University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), the nation’s largest online public university will premiere its special 2020 Virtual Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 19, beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern standard time. The approximately 25-minute program, which honors the more than 7,500 stateside graduates worldwide who completed their degree requirements in summer or fall 2020, will be available for on-demand viewing by graduates, their families and friends anytime—and from anywhere.
UMGC to Take Part in Pilot Project to Inform Course Design, Student Support Services and Transfer Credit Policies
Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 24)—The newly formed U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC) announced today that University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is one of five institutions chosen to participate in a six-month pilot program to gather data and inform the USNCC’s development as it prepares to welcome its first students. The pilot program will be conducted from January to June 2021.
Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 17, 2020)—On Saturday, Nov. 7, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) cybersecurity competition teams claimed 1st and 3rd place, as well as three additional top 20 places, in the Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) Competition, a capture-the-flag (CTF) event that included more than 190 students across the United States and Estonia.
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.
“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.”
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.”
Ranking Based on Survey of Peers at Other Institutions in the Region
Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 18, 2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) ranks in the top 10 of “Most Innovative Schools” among Regional Universities—North, in the popular U.S. News “Best Colleges” issue released this week. UMGC, the nation’s largest online public university, was #9 in the ranking, which is based on a survey of leaders at other institutions in the region.
Miyares cited for recognizing power of big data, leveraging analytics, and unwavering focus on accessibility and affordability
Javier Miyares, who fled Castro’s Cuba as a child and found his American dream in Maryland higher education, has announced his retirement after a 45-year career that has culminated in his transformative eight-year tenure as president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).
Adelphi, Md. (July 27.2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) announced today it has teamed up with Papa John’s International. Inc., in a new education alliance with the company’s best-in-class “Dough & Degrees” tuition assistance program.