Former Towson Univ. president inaugurated as UMass leader

The University of Massachusetts is inaugurating its new president, who was previously president of Towson University.

An inauguration ceremony for Robert L. Caret is scheduled for Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Caret announced in January that he would be leaving Towson.

The ceremony will include a procession of academic leaders from across the country and an academic address from William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Gov. Deval Patrick and UMass Board of Trustees Chairman James Karam are scheduled to present Caret with the official symbols of office. Caret will deliver an inaugural address.

The event is being funded with private donations and no public money will be spent.

Caret took over the five-campus system on July 1 from the retiring Jack Wilson. Caret left a legacy of growth at Towson.

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