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Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Brit Kirwan

Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Brit Kirwan

In academic circles, William E. "Brit" Kirwan is regarded as nothing less than a national treasure. It's not simply because of his profound impact on Maryland's colleges and universities or even that he's a master lobbyist who could talk Republican birds down from Democratic trees, if necessary, but that underneath it all he's a professor of mathematics. That's right. Before the Kentucky native was asking lawmakers for a bigger slice of the pie on behalf of the University of Maryland System, he was teaching undergraduates about pi and polynomials.

Yet it's that combination of keen intellect and easy charm that has served the 79-year-old former chancellor so well. He has...

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