Dr. Robert L. Caret became the fourth chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) in July 2015. USM is the state’s public higher education system, comprising 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and system office. The system, which serves more than 176,000 students and has more than a million living alumni worldwide, has an operating budget of more than $5.5 billion and attracts nearly $1.4 billion in external grants and contracts each year. USM is a recognized leader in college affordability, academic and research excellence, innovation, economic and workforce development partnerships, and the effective and efficient use of resources. The chancellor is USM’s chief executive officer, reporting to the USM Board of Regents. Previously, Dr. Caret served as President of the 5-campus University of Massachusetts system (2011 – 2015); President of Towson University (2003-2011); President of San Jose State University (1995-2003); and as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president, and provost during a 25-year tenure at Towson. Active in the national higher education community, Dr. Caret most recently served as the vice chair of the National Association of System Heads and the chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board of Directors. He also sits on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Business-Higher Education Forum boards, National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, Southern Regional Higher Education Board, Higher Ed for Higher Standards Board of Advisors, and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable.