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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Towson U. prez leaving to lead U-Mass. system

By Washington Post editors

Editor's note: Daniel de Vise is off this week. In his absence, we're blogging this item from the Baltimore Sun on the departure of Towson University President Robert L. Caret. The longtime educator at the public university in Baltimore County has accepted a position as president of the University of Massachusetts system.

Here is a story de Vise wrote last month about Towson's achievement under Caret: conquering the minority "graduation gap."

And following is the text of a statement this morning from Caret:

"One has to grasp opportunities when they are available. The rare opportunity that led to my selection as President of the University of Massachusetts System was one I felt compelled to explore. I have enjoyed being part of Towson University for close to thirty years. We have made great progress and the campus has grown in both size and quality over that period. Our rapid progress and achievement during my tenure would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. We have a great team at Towson and I will miss you immensely. I take great pleasure in knowing that each of you will continue the work we have initiated together. Keep the momentum going."

By Washington Post editors  | January 14, 2011; 11:53 AM ET
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