Dr. Kirwan has had a long and distinguished career in higher education, serving as president of both the University of Maryland (1988-98) and The Ohio State University (1998-2002).  He served as Chancellor of the University System of Maryland for over a decade, where his commitment to diversity, access and affordability earned him global recognition.  Dr. Kirwan currently chairs the National Research Council’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), and is the past chair of the American Council for Higher Education, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Business Higher Education Forum.