Former County Executive Smith Studying Possible Bid For Towson University Presidency

… Search process not yet begun to find replacement for Caret …

By Steve Schuster

Posted 2/09/11

Former County Executive Jim Smith says he is considering applying for the position of president of Towson University once the job opens with the departure of current TU President Robert Caret.

“I am studying the issue,” Smith said during a phone interview with the Towson Times on Wednesday.

According to Smith, several members of the Towson community — who he declined to name — have approached him suggesting that he apply.

But to date, no one from the university has initiated any discussions.

“They (Towson University) haven’t advertised anything yet … there is a long way to go,” Smith said.

But if he does decide to apply, Smith — who served two terms as county executive, two terms on the County Council and was also an associate judge for the Baltimore County Circuit Court — believes he would be a strong candidate.

“I think there is a good chance I will be nominated,” Smith said.

If he is nominated, Smith said he would make a decision whether or not to pursue the job at that time.

Caret, who has been president of Towson University since 2003, has been named as president of the University of Massachusetts system, a job he’s expected to assume in June. Caret currently earns a reported salary of $369,300 as TU president.

Carol Dunsworth, director of university relations, told the Towson Times on Wednesday that a search for Caret’s replacement has not yet begun.

Dunsworth said the chancellor for the University System of Maryland will create a search committee, charged with drawing up a job description, creating an advertisement, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates. None of that process has yet begun.

“The chancellor will interview the finalists and make a recommendation to the board of regents,” she said.

Dunsworth declined to comment on the prospects of Smith seeking the office, saying it was too early in the process.

Similarly, Smith declined to discuss specifics about what he might bring to the table as a candidate for the university presidency, noting that the selection process hadn’t even begun.

Last year, Smith moved from his longtime residence in Reisterstown to Cockeysville, and flirted with a run for the State Senate in the 7th District — though he ultimately decided against it.

After he left the county executive office, he told the Towson Times that he wanted to stay involved in public service.

“I would like to have some relationship to local government,” he said in December.

Towson Times

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