Special Advisor to the Board and CEO

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM) and serves as the Special Advisor to the Board of Directors and CEO. He is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues facing higher education. He served as chancellor of USM for 13 years (2002-2015), president of the Ohio State University for four years (1998-2002) and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years (1988-1998). Prior to his presidency, he was a member of the University of Maryland mathematics faculty for 24 years.

He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1960 and his master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1962 and 1964 respectively. He has been elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame of both institutions.