Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Dr. Robert L. Caret assumed the Chancellorship of the University System of Maryland (USM) on July 1, 2015. Prior to that, he had served as President of the 5-campus University of Massachusetts system since January 2011. Dr. Caret served as President of Towson University (2003-2011) and San Jose State University (1995-2003), successfully presiding over periods of significant growth at both universities. Prior to his presidencies, he served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president, and provost at Towson.
During his 20 years of public higher education leadership, Caret has earned respect for his commitment to affordability, academic excellence, and the efficient use of resources. In addition, he is credited with emphasizing university partnerships to enhance students’ experiences and to impact regional progress in economic and workforce development and other areas.
Nationally, Caret serves as the vice chair of the National Association of System Heads and the chair-elect of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He also sits on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Business-Higher Education Forum boards.
Caret holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Suffolk University in Boston.