Campus: San Jose State University -- April 04, 2003
SJSU President to take new post in Maryland
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced today the
appointment of Robert L. Caret as president of Towson University, beginning
July 1. Caret has served as president of San José State University
since 1995. Before that he served as provost and executive vice president
at Towson, capping a career of 21 years at the Maryland University.
Statement by Robert L. Caret:
Several months ago, I removed my name from consideration for the Presidency
of Towson University (TU). Since that time, Towson has continued to
review candidates for the position but has been unsuccessful in finding
the right match to meet its needs. I have periodically received calls
from several individuals at Towson who have attempted to convince me
that I was the right match, partly due to my long history with TU and
partly due to the match they saw between the needs of the campus and
my skills and abilities. They asked that I reconsider. I said no many
times but, as the dialog has unfolded, I feel I must now say yes.
My 21-year history with Towson was a big factor in this decision. My
family and I helped it grow and evolve for many years. We know that
Towson has a great deal of untapped potential. I feel that I can play
an important role in helping TU maximize that potential and continue
to develop as one of the premiere institutions in this country. We are
also drawn back to the East Coast for personal reasons; most of our
family and most of our history are there. The professional fit, the
personal ties and history, and the opportunity from a career growth
perspective all have contributed to this decision.
In December, the outpouring of support from family, the campus, the
community, and the leadership of the system and state led me to my original
decision to stay at San José State. As I said at that time, the
position of president forges both strong professional and personal links
between the individual and the institution. Over the last eight years,
my family and I have become an intimate part of the SJSU family. We
have enjoyed that family and the larger community of which it is a part.
Much has been accomplished at SJSU and there is much, much more to do.
I hope I have played a significant part in getting us to where we are
today. I know the university will be successful in finding a leader
who can continue to expand on that progress.
Contact: Sylvia Hutchinson, Nancy L. Stake at 408-924-1166.