University Advisory Board
Vice-Rector for Industry Relations, RWTH Aachen University
Robert L. Caret
Chancellor, The University System of Maryland
Dr. Robert L. Caret assumed the Chancellorship of the University System of Maryland (USM) on July 1, 2015. Prior to that, he served as President of the 5-campus University of Massachusetts system since January 2011. Dr. Caret served as President of Towson University (2003-2011) and San Jose State University (1995-2003), successfully presiding over periods of significant growth at both universities. Prior to his presidencies, he served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president, and provost at Towson. As president of the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Caret established himself as a spokesperson on the pressing issues of college affordability and student debt, calling for Massachusetts and states across the nation to rededicate themselves to their public universities. In addition, he served on the boards of several organizations, including the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Nationally, Caret serves on the American Council on Education and National Association of System Heads boards. He also is a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable. Caret holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Suffolk University in Boston.