The Retirement of Dr. William E. ``Brit’’ Kirwanby Representative Chris Van Hollen
Posted on 2015-12-09
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor my friend Brit Kirwan on
the occasion of his retirement as Chancellor of the University System
Brit is a true Terp, beginning his career as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park before rising to serve as its President in 1989. For the past 12 years, he has been Chancellor of the University System, where his passion for education and sincere desire to improve the lives and opportunity for Maryland students leaves an indelible mark on our state. He is also a respected national voice on higher education issues, helping to shape policy for greater accessibility, affordability, and quality.
It has been a great privilege to know and work with Brit over the years. His leadership has been transformative--opening the doors of higher education to underrepresented communities, establishing new partnerships with federal agencies, local schools, and the private sector, and ensuring that the University System of Maryland is a dynamic place of learning. I have always valued his thoughtful counsel.
Many of us were sorry to see Brit leave Maryland in 1998 when he became president of Ohio State University, but we were happy to welcome him back home in 2002. Now, as Brit takes his well-deserved retirement, his legacy is felt by every student who steps on a Maryland campus. I thank him for his many years of service, and wish him all the best.
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