The Retirement of Dr. William ``Brit’’ Kirwanby Representative Donna F. Edwards
Posted on 2015-12-18
in the house of representatives
Friday, December 18, 2015
Ms. EDWARDS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and to congratulate
Dr. William ``Brit'' Kirwan on his well-deserved retirement. Dr. Kirwan
served for 12 years as the chancellor of the University System of
Maryland, and I know that his principled character and educational
capability will be sorely missed.
It has been my pleasure to work with him over the years in his capacity as chancellor of the University System, but long before becoming chancellor, Dr. Kirwan first taught mathematics over at the University's College Park campus. After turns as department chair and provost at College Park, as president he had a direct hand in designing the framework for the University System of Maryland itself.
Dr. Kirwan's expertise on higher education helped the University System grow to be one of the largest and most respected educational institutions in the country. Students and educators have thrived under his leadership and the surrounding Maryland community has benefited from having such a capable and qualified university in its midst.
In fact, Dr. Kirwan's expertise is recognized by so many that, in the fall of 2013, he was asked to serve as co-chair of the Senate's Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. The resulting report provided clear suggestions aimed at helping colleges and universities to prioritize improving the quality of education and readying their students for the demands of the 21st century.
I want to thank Dr. Kirwan for his committed and passionate service to the University System--his legacy will live on in the accomplished faculty and students whom he served so well. Thank you Brit, and we wish you the best in your retirement.