Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed two more regents for the University of Maryland yesterday, establishing his influence on the board that oversees the 13-campus system.
Former Gov. Harry R. Hughes and Cumberland businessman Thomas B. Finan Jr. were named by Mr. Glendening to the 17-member UM board of regents. He has now appointed five people as regents since taking office in January.
Mr. Hughes was governor from 1979 to 1987, and earlier was active in education issues as a state senator. Since leaving office, he has served in the Baltimore office of a Washington law firm known for its vigorous lobbying practice, Patton, Boggs and Blow. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the George Washington University Law School.
Mr. Finan was editor and owner of the Cumberland Times-News from 1969 until 1986, when he sold the paper. He has previously served as chairman of the board of trustees for Allegany Community College. Mr. Finan holds degrees from Mount St. Mary's College, and the Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State universities.
The governor said in his press release that the two men will help him pursue his two largest aims for higher education: maintaining the unique identity of each UM campus and increasing support for the state's historically black schools.
Some administrators at other public campuses aside from College Park have privately expressed concern that Mr. Glendening's attention is too narrowly focused on the flagship university.
Those concerns surfaced earlier this summer when the governor, a former political science professor at College Park, named as higher education secretary Pat Florestano, his former student and a former professor at UM and the University of Baltimore.