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Alumnus Rauch Named to University System of Maryland Board of Regents

Alumnus Rauch Named to University System of Maryland Board of Regents

Robert D. Rauch (B.S., Civil Engineering, '73)
Robert D. Rauch (B.S., Civil Engineering, '73)

Clark School of Engineering alumnus Robert D. Rauch, P.E., has been appointed as a new member of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. The appointment, made by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, was recently confirmed by the Maryland Senate.

Robert D. Rauch is a principal with the civil engineering and construction management firm Robert D. Rauch & Associates, Inc., of Easton, Md. His sons, Casey and Dustin, both engineers from the University of Maryland, are associates at the firm.

After earning his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1973, Rauch began his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In 1978, he became the state's youngest county engineer, serving for six years as director of public works and Talbot County engineer before his move to the private sector in 1984. 

Rauch is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the University of Maryland Civil Engineering Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the University of Maryland College of Architecture, and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. Board of Directors. He succeeds John L. Young, M.D., who resigned from the board in February 2013. Rauch's term is effective immediately.

The Board of Regents, comprised of 17 members including one full-time student, governs the University System of Maryland.  Appointed by the governor, the regents oversee the system’s academic, administrative, and financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM chancellor and the presidents of the system’s 12 institutions.   Each regent, with the exception of the student, is appointed for a term of five years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.  Regents serve on the board without compensation.

USM comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers, and a system office.  USM provides access to excellent higher education opportunities, performs groundbreaking research, offers vital services to communities and individuals and fuels economic and workforce development.

At the confirmation hearing earlier this month, Rauch was introduced by Chancellor William Kirwan and Senator Richard Colburn. Rauch thanked Governor O’Malley for his appointment, President Thomas V. Mike Miller for his nomination, and Senator Colburn for his support.

March 21, 2013


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