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.”

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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.”

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University of Maryland Global Campus Among Region’s “Most Innovative Schools” in U.S. News “Best Colleges” Rankings

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.Continue Reading

UMGC President Javier Miyares Announces Retirement After Eight Years at the Helm of America’s Largest Online Public University

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). Continue Reading

University of Maryland Global Campus and Goodwin House Incorporated Establish Education Alliance

Alliance Expands Affordability of College Education for Goodwin House Employees

Adelphi, Md. And Alexandria, Va. (July 20, 2020)— University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) announced today a new education alliance that expands the affordability of college degrees for nearly 1,000 senior living and health care employees in Northern Virginia. The alliance brings together UMGC’s pioneering online degree programs and commitment to low cost, accessible higher education and GHI’s commitment to expanding support for staff that want to grow their skills and credentials. Through its two Life Plan Communities, Goodwin House at Home “age in place” program and health services that support older adults across Northern Virginia, GHI serves 2,000 older adults annually.Continue Reading

Gov. Hogan Says Grads Will Make Post-Pandemic Maryland Stronger, Better

His Keynote Is Part of University’s First-Ever Virtual Commencement Launched May 16

“This is certainly not the graduation day that any of you anticipated or hoped for, but it in no way lessens your accomplishments or diminishes your achievements,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a commencement address to University of Maryland Global Campus graduates delivered via video during the university’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony, which launched Saturday, May 16.Continue Reading

Record $16 Million Gift Doubles UMGC Endowment, Seeds Student Emergency Fund at Critical Time

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) recently received the largest single contribution to its endowment in its history and has put it to immediate use in support of the institution’s emergency relief fund for students suffering financial difficulties during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Continue Reading

Online Education in the Spotlight

By Javier Miyares, President of University of Maryland Global Campus

Editor’s Note: A slightly condensed version of the commentary was published in the Baltimore Business Journal on Friday, April 10, 2020.

The global spread of coronavirus disease and guidance from health officials to avoid groups and gatherings have disrupted routines on many college campuses and driven a shift to “online” classes.Continue Reading