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William E. Kirwan, Ph.D.
MSA SC 3520-12445


Born William English Kirwan in Louisville, Kentucky, April 14, 1938. University of Kentucky, A.B. (mathematics), 1960; Rutgers University, M.S. (mathematics), 1962, Ph.D. (mathematics), 1964. Married to Patricia Harper; two children; three grandchildren.

Chancellor & Chief Executive Officer, University System of Maryland, since August 1, 2002. President, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989-98 (acting president, 1988-89). Assistant Professor, 1964-68; Associate Professor, 1968-72; Professor, 1972-98; Chair, Department of Mathematics, 1977-81; Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1981-88; Acting Chancellor, 1982; Provost, 1986-88; Vice-President for Academic Affairs, 1988.

Member, Governor's Science Advisory Council, 1991-93, 1995-96; Teacher Education Task Force, 1991-94; Advisory Committee on Manufacturing, 1992-94; Governor's Commission on Competitive Forces Facing Maryland's Horse Racing Industry, 1994-95; Maryland Higher Education Investment Board, 2002-03; Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2002-; Hall of Records Commission, 2002-; State Information Technology Board, 2002-04; Procurement Advisory Council, 2002-; Segmental Advisory Council, 2002-. Board of Directors, Maryland Medical System Corporation, 2002-; Regional Education Service Agency of Appalachian Maryland, 2002-. Member, Task Force to Study Efficiency in Procurement, 2003; Governor's Commission on the Development of Advanced Technology Business, 2003-04; College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, 2003-; Southern Regional Education Board, 2003-; State Planning Committee for Higher Education, 2004-; Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health Care Funding Options, 2006-. Board of Advisors, Institute of Human Virology.

President and Professor, Ohio State University, 1998-2002.

Chair, Citizens Advisory Committee, Board of Education, Prince George's County.

Chair, Mathematical Sciences in the Year 2000 Committee, National Research Council, 1989. Member, National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, 1999-; Blue Ribbon Panel of the National Dialogue on Student Financial Aid, The College Board, 2001-02; National Visiting Committee for the National Science Digital Library, 2002-; President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 2002-.

Visiting lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1966-67. Program Director, National Science Foundation, 1975-76. Member, President's Council, Ford Foundation; Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Program); World Trade Center Institute; Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs; Greater Washington Board of Trade; Suburban Maryland High Tech Council. Vice-Chair, Advisory Committee, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, 1998-99. Board of Directors, Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Board of Directors, American Association of Colleges and Universities, 1998-2000. Board of Directors, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, 2000- (council of presidents, 2001-; vice-chair, commission on human resources & social change, 1998-2001; chair, commission on international affairs, 1999-2001; past chair, commission on oceans & atmosphere). Member, Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, 1998-2000 (chair, millennium subcommittee). Chair, Board of Directors, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2000-. Executive Committee, Business-Higher Education Forum, 2000- (diversity initiative task force, 2000-); National Visiting Committee, National Science Foundation, 2002-. Chair, Board of Directors, American Council on Education, 2004- (member, 2000-). Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Mathematical Association of America. Co-editor, Advances in Complex Analysis (1976). Editor, Proceedings of American Mathematical Society, 1977-85. Member, Council, American Mathematical Society, 1979-84; Committee on Professional Values, Recognition, and Rewards, Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, 1991-93. Chair, Prince George's County United Way Campaign, 1996. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002. Officer in the Order of Leopold II, Belgium Government, 1989. Distinguished Alumnus, University of Kentucky, 1989. Honorary President, Sino-American Cultural Society, 1993. International Leader of the Year, World Trade Center Institute, 1997. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 1998. Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award, Rutgers University, 2000. Speaker's Medallion, Maryland Speaker's Society, 2007.

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