William Kirwan Joins MDC Board of Directors

The Maryland Development Center Welcomes Dr. William (Brit) Kirwan as a Board Member

Baltimore MD | May 9, 2017

The Maryland Development Center is pleased to announce that Dr. William (Brit) Kirwan has joined the MDC Board of Directors. Dr. Kirwan is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Maryland System. Before that, he was the 26th President of the University of Maryland, College Park and the 12th President of Ohio State University. He was also a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland for 34 years.

Dr. Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues in higher education and is a sought after speaker on a wide range of topics, including diversity, access and affordability, cost containment, economic impact, gender equity, financial aid, and innovation. He is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and became its chair in May 2000. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; chairs the College Board’s Commission on Access, Admissions, and Success in Higher Education; and is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In April 2007, Kirwan was appointed to the editorial board of the newly announced Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, to be published quarterly by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Dr. Kirwan is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. On February 15, 2007, he became the 16th recipient of the Maryland House of Delegates Speaker’s Medallion, which recognizes Maryland citizens who have demonstrated exemplary service to the House and to the State of Maryland.

“We are delighted to have Brit Kirwan join MDC as a Board Member. As Chancellor Dr. Kirwan led the University of Maryland System to not only a substantial expansion of its facilities, resources, faculty, and students, he led the USM to unprecedented levels of excellence.” said Dr. Gil Blankenship, co-founder and Managing Director of MDC.

About Maryland Development Center

The Maryland Development Center is a private company created to commercialize intellectual property developed in Maryland’s rich research enterprises. Since its founding MDC has explored dozens of technologies, created 5 companies, and filed numerous patents. Maryland has the largest research budget in the United States; MDC was created to help realize some of the commercial value of the extraordinary research programs at the State’s great universities and laboratories.See Less