University System of Maryland Timeline

The University System of Maryland was created in 1988 from the merger of University of Maryland (UM) and Board of Trustees of State Universities and Colleges (BTSUC). Following is a timeline of important events in USM's history.

1807

College of Medicine founded in Baltimore; rechartered in 1812 as the University of Maryland.

College of Medicine founded in Baltimore; rechartered in 1812 as the University of Maryland.

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1840

Maryland General Assembly charters an independent Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first dental college in the world

(predecessor of the Dental School, University of Maryland at Baltimore)

University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School

1856

Maryland General Assembly charters the Maryland Agricultural College at College Park

the country's third college of agriculture (predecessor of University of Maryland, College Park); achieves land-grant status in 1865.

1865

Baltimore Normal School founded as a training school for black teachers

(predecessor of Bowie State University)

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1866

Maryland State Normal School for teachers founded .

(predecessor of Towson University)

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1886

Delaware Conference Academy founded

(predecessor of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore); achieves land-grant status in 1890.

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1888

Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station opens


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1898

State Normal School No. 2 at Frostburg founded as a teacher-training school

(predecessor of Frostburg State University)

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1900

Coppin State College founded as a training school for black elementary school teachers in Baltimore

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1914

Maryland Cooperative Extension Service established

1920

Maryland General Assembly merges the professional schools in Baltimore with the Maryland State College of Agriculture at College Park to create the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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1925

Salisbury State College (predecessor of Salisbury University) founded as a two-year teacher-training school.

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1925

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, founding component of the UMCenter for Environmental Science, established.

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1925

University of Baltimore founded.

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1949

College of Special and Continuation Studies established (becomes University of Maryland University College in 1959).

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1963

Maryland General Assembly creates the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges to assume control of five former state teachers colleges: Bowie State, Coppin State, Frostburg State, Salisbury State, and Towson State.

1966

University of Maryland, Baltimore County founded.

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1970

Maryland General Assembly establishes a five-campus University of Maryland network comprising University of Maryland at Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and University of Maryland University College.

1975

University of Baltimore, a private institution, joins the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges System as an upper-division institution.

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1976

Maryland General Assembly changes the name of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges System to the State University and College System of Maryland.

1977

University of Maryland Sea Grant Program established; designated a Sea Grant College in 1982.

University of Maryland Sea Grant Program

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1985

University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute established.

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1988

University of Maryland System created from the merger of the five University of Maryland institutions and the six members of the State University and College System of Maryland.

John S. Toll appointed first chancellor of the new system.

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1990

Donald N. Langenberg appointed as second chancellor of the system.

USM's second chancellor Donald N. Langenberg

1997

University of Maryland System becomes University System of Maryland.

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1999

Legislation provides USM institutions greater autonomy, particularly in the creation of new programs, and grants the USM the status of a public corporation.

2000

Opening of the Universities at Shady Grove, USM's first regional center.

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2002

William E. Kirwan appointed third chancellor of the system.

USM's third chancellor, William (Brit) E. Kirwan

2005

Opening of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, USM's second regional center.

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2008

USM celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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2008

USM Launches Way2GoMaryland.

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2010

Strategic realignment implemented to integrate former UMBI centers with USM institutions for enhanced collaborative research.

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2012

Launch of University of Maryland: MPowering the State (a structured collaboration between UMB and UMCP).

MPowering the State

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2012

USM Launches Center for Academic Transformation.

William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation

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2015

Robert L. Caret (appointed December 2014) begins as fourth chancellor of the system.

USM's fourth chancellor, Robert L. Caret

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