After successfully leading University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for the past eight years—the institution was previously known as University of Maryland University College—Javier Miyares recently announced his plans to retire as UMGC president upon the appointment of a successor.

In beginning the search for Miyares's replacement, the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has committed itself to finding a successor who will continue UMGC's impressive trajectory, its ready embrace of pioneering innovation, and its leadership in leveraging technology to improve academic quality and college access.

"UMGC is the nation's largest online public university and, in fact, one of the U.S.'s largest providers of higher education, period," said USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. Its diversity of students—including adult students in the workforce and U.S. military—reflects our mission to educate the citizens of Maryland and beyond. The selection of UMGC's next president is therefore critically important not only to the university, but to the System, to the state, and to the country."

Search Committee Announcement

On September 1, 2020, USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman appointed the search and screening committee for the new president of UMGC.

USM Regent Sam Malhotra will chair the UMGC Presidential Search and Screening Committee, which has been chosen to reflect the UMGC community with representation among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other institutional stakeholders. The committee's work will result in the submission of a short list of the most-qualified presidential candidates for the Board of Regents to consider.

"I'm grateful to Regent Malhotra for taking on this important role, leading the group that will identify a successor to President Miyares," Chancellor Perman said. "UMGC was transformed under Javier's leadership. The university's enrollment expanded, as did its academic programs, strategic partnerships, and collaborations with sister institutions in the USM."

The committee will work with the leadership recruiting firm Korn Ferry.

"With the appointment of this search committee, I will conduct a series of listening sessions with UMGC stakeholder groups and host a town hall open to anyone who wishes to participate," Perman said. "These events will help the search committee and the board better understand what qualities the UMGC community wants in its next leader and gather perspectives on the university's direction, challenges, and strategic advantages. Information on these events is forthcoming; given current restrictions on in-person gatherings, they will be held via videoconference."

The committee's work will conclude with its recommendation of finalists for consideration by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The board will make the final selection. Historically, the search process for a president at most USM institutions has taken four-to-six months.

Greetings from the Search Committee Chair

The University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor's Office is conducting a search for the next president of University of Maryland Global Campus. This is an exciting and transformational time in UMGC's history to grow its tradition of excellence and enhance partnerships with the USM and its institutions, the state, and partners across the globe. Finding the very best person to lead UMGC into the future is of the highest priority.

We appointed an esteemed and diverse search committee, representative of UMGC deans, faculty, staff, and students, as well as other key stakeholders of UMGC. The chancellor and search committee members will solicit input from stakeholders through various means, from which the key aspects of the position description will be developed. Likewise, this feedback will provide a lens through which the search committee will screen and interview candidates for advancement through the process. We have also retained Korn Ferry—an industry-leading search firm—to assist with planning, coordination, and recruitment throughout the process. We are excited to see what the future holds for UMGC and to find the next university leader who will lead their exciting and unique mission.

Regent Sam Malhotra
UMGC Presidential Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Members

The members of the committee are

  • Sam Malhotra (Search Committee Chair)—Regent, University System of Maryland
  • Antoinne Beidleman—UMGC Staff Council Chair
  • Richard F. Blewitt—UMGC Alumnus, and Senior Advisor to the President and former chair of the UMGC Board of Visitors
  • Elizabeth Brunn—Program Director, UMGC, and Council of University System Faculty Chair
  • John Campbell—Lieutenant General (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)
  • James Cronin—Vice President and Director, UMGC Asia
  • Patricia Florestano—Community member, former Board of Regents Chair, and former Maryland Secretary of Higher Education
  • Reynaldo Garcia—Program Director and Collegiate Professor, UMGC Faculty
  • Sandra Garcia—Graduate Student, UMGC Asia
  • Geoff Gonella—Member, USM Board of Regents
  • Douglas Harrison—Vice President and Dean, UMGC School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology
  • Blair Hayes—UMGC Ombudsman, Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Bernetta Reese—Executive Committee Chair, UMGC Student Advisory Council
  • Liliya Roberts—Program Director and UMGC Academic Advisory Board Chair
  • William Roberts—Vice Chair, UMGC Ventures Board
  • Patricia Toregas—UMGC Adjunct Professor of Marketing, and former UMGC Alumni Association President
  • Ellen Herbst (Chancellor's Liaison to the Search Committee)—USM Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

Recruiting Firm

The leadership recruiting firm for the UMGC presidential search is Korn Ferry.


Kenneth Kring
Kenneth L. Kring is a senior client partner in Korn Ferry's Philadelphia office and co-managing director of the Global Education Practice.

Associate Team Member

Vicki Antolini
Vicki Antolini is a senior associate in Korn Ferry's Philadelphia office.

UMGC Presidential Profile/Position Description


University of Maryland Global Campus ("UMGC") invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President.

UMGC has long been recognized as a global pioneer in distance education. Today, committed to maintaining its leadership status, UMGC combines academic excellence with transformative innovation to create a powerful new model for adult learning—even as students redefine the foundations of their career.

UMGC is one of twelve degree-granting institutions within the University System of Maryland ("USM"). With more than 72,000 undergraduates and 18,000 graduate students and an annual budget in excess of $125M, UMGC is the only Maryland public institution that specializes in providing educational opportunities for the professional workforce worldwide. UMGC's mission, throughout its 70+ year history, has been to serve adult students by offering credit programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees, particularly in high-demand fields. UMGC delivers courses throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world using distance learning technologies and includes two overseas divisions that offer programs specifically for U.S. servicemembers and their families. UMGC is headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., in Adelphi, Maryland, with an administrative office in Largo, Maryland.

The university seeks a visionary, dynamic, and entrepreneurial leader with a strong commitment to excellence in higher education, demonstrated administrative skills in managing a complex organization with global operations, and the ability to work with the USM Board of Regents to guide the institution to the next level of distinction. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of and commitment to higher education and an ability to articulate the way in which UMGC is unique in how it puts values into practice through excellent teaching, community service, and engagement.

Reporting to the Chancellor of the USM, the President of UMGC is the institution's chief executive officer, responsible for all operations of the university, including overall leadership and guidance of the institution, its academic programs, fundraising, financial stewardship, student safety and success, and the administration of resources. The President will be responsible for fostering partnerships and co-ventures in public and private sectors, as well as for strengthening cross-institutional collaboration within the System. As UMGC's chief representative, the President must build relationships with a wide variety of external constituencies. The President will be expected to hold institutional leadership to the very highest standards of conduct, champion racial justice and diversity in all its forms, foster student success, and ensure student safety and security.

The President must have a record of leadership accomplishments, such as progressive higher education administration or executive leadership experience, and proven management capability. Candidates from nonacademic sectors who have nontraditional but comparable skill sets will be fully considered.

Candidates who have an earned doctorate or terminal degree with uniquely transferrable experience are preferred.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter and are encouraged to be submitted by October 26, 2020, to ensure fullest consideration.

Applications and nominations may be sent to

Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director, and Victoria Antolini, Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMGC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Share Your Feedback with the Search Committee

University System of Maryland Regent Sam Malhotra, chair of the UMGC Presidential Search Committee, invites members of the UMGC community to share their thoughts about the opportunities and challenges ahead for the university as well as the characteristics and competencies the committee should seek as it conducts the search for a new president of UMGC.

There are several options for sharing feedback:

  1. Complete this survey to share your input and perspectives with the search committee and with Korn Ferry, the firm conducting the presidential search. Survey responses will be shared without attribution.

  2. Participate in a listening session, hosted by Chairman Malhotra and members of the search committee on the following dates:

    UMGC Leadership

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    UMGC Faculty and Staff

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    UMGC Students and Alumni

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  3. Email with any additional comments.