With funding from SECU, four-day bus tour will enhance USM value to business and community leaders
Adelphi, Md. – University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret embarked on his inaugural, four-day statewide bus listening tour on Oct. 12, a focused effort to meet with regional opinion leaders and community members representing such sectors as government, business, education, and community organizations.
Chancellor Caret’s listening tour began with a stop in Southern Maryland. The tour includes visits to the greater Baltimore region, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Prince George’s County and western Maryland, before ending in Montgomery County.
Thanks to a generous gift from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU), the costs of bus transportation are completely privately funded.
The listening tour serves as a critical initiative during Chancellor Caret’s first year to listen to views on how USM is serving distinct geographic regions in Maryland and the state overall.
A primary focus of the listening tour is for Chancellor Caret to obtain feedback on where the USM is succeeding and learn how the USM can improve in its efforts to benefit the state.
The four-day tour will lend itself to the potential growth of partnerships designed to better serve students, the business community, and all of Maryland.
“We are fortunate in Maryland that our state officials enthusiastically support the USM and its mission,” Caret said. “In a national climate in which state support for public higher education is challenged, this listening tour is an opportunity for the University System of Maryland to demonstrate its value to our citizens.
“The listening tour is an important opportunity to build on our commitment to making higher education affordable, promoting workforce development, and improving quality of life in Maryland.”
Stops on the tour include a tour of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and roundtable discussion with leadership at that facility. There will be a visit to the Towson University Center in Harford County, a partnership with Harford Community College that Caret developed during his years as Towson University president. Other meetings include a morning breakfast with a panel of minority leaders in the City of Baltimore and visits with Eastern Shore business groups in Salisbury and western Maryland economic development officials in Cumberland.
Caret began his service as USM chancellor on July 1, when he returned to Maryland after four years as president of the University of Massachusetts system. This inaugural bus listening tour for Maryland is part of the chancellor’s comprehensive effort to reach out to USM community members as well as external constituencies.
Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, Caret will continue a series of presentations to major business and economic development groups statewide.
Source: University System of Maryland