Letter from USM Chancellor Donald Langenberg to UMB President Errol Reese and UMBC President Michael Hooker

Title

Letter from USM Chancellor Donald Langenberg to UMB President Errol Reese and UMBC President Michael Hooker

Description

In 1991, the Maryland Higher Education Commission recommended that the Board of Regents consider merging UMAB and UMBC in order to create one larger research university. In response, Chancellor Donald Langenberg created the UMAB/UMBC Task Force on Unification; in fall 1991 the task force announced its recommendation that the two schools combine into one institution called the University of Maryland Baltimore. The co-chairs of the task force, UMAB President Errol Reese and UMBC President Michael Hooker, explained that this would create a single, more prestigious university in Baltimore while saving money that could be reinvested back into the campus. The merger would also eliminate duplications and competition for federal resources. Perhaps most enticingly, unifying the schools would qualify the institution to become a Carnegie I research university, the highest national academic classification a university can achieve. The proposal was passed to the governor and State Legislature. Although it passed the House of Delegates by a wide margin, the unification plans were rejected in Spring 1992 by the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee and never came to a floor vote.

Creator

Langenberg, D. N., 1932-

Source

University Senates records, Collection 52

Date

8/5/1991

Format

correspondence; 8.5 x 11 in.

Identifier

50UMBC-037

Files

http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/UMBC_50th_Online_Exhibit/50umbctimeline/PDFs/50UMBC-037.pdf

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Citation

Langenberg, D. N., 1932-, “Letter from USM Chancellor Donald Langenberg to UMB President Errol Reese and UMBC President Michael Hooker,” UMBC 50th, accessed June 26, 2022, https://umbc50.omeka.net/items/show/1498.