PRINCESS ANNE - Public relations executive David H. Nevins was elected chairman of the University System of Maryland's governing Board of Regents yesterday.
Nevins replaces Clifford M. Kendall, who served three consecutive one-year terms as chairman. Nevins was appointed to the board by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1999 and was reappointed last year by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
The chairman has no official added duties other than running meetings but is widely considered the public face of the governing board and often serves as a behind-the-scenes facilitator for key policy decisions.
The 17-member board elects a chairman yearly from among its ranks.
Nevins, 50, said he will be an advocate for greater access to the state's 11 public campuses.
State officials predict that an additional 40,000 students will enroll in public universities over the next decade, and they hope to funnel many to "comprehensive" schools such as Towson University, where Nevins received his undergraduate degree in 1975.
"We are certainly proud of achievements of College Park, but, at the same time, more students attend comprehensive schools than [attend] College Park," Nevins said. "I'd like to see our board moving toward increased quality across the board."
Among the clients represented by Nevins & Associates, his Hunt Valley-based firm, is Comcast Cable.