Dr. William Kirwan is a nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher education landscape.
Prior to his 13 years as chancellor of the University System of Maryland, Kirwan served as president of Ohio State University for four years and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years. He was also a member of the University of Maryland faculty for 24 years.
A respected academic leader, Kirwan is a sought-after speaker on a wide range of topics, including access and affordability, cost containment, diversity, innovation, higher education's role in economic development, and academic transformation. Along with his national and international presentations on key issues, he has authored many articles on issues in higher education and has been profiled and cited in academic and mainstream publications. He is co-editor of the book Advances in Complex Analysis and has published many articles on mathematical research.
Currently, Kirwan chairs the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences and also serves as executive director of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics. He is past chair of, among other boards, the American Council for Higher Education, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. He is a former member of the boards of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Baltimore Committee, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and other organizations.
Kirwan received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and his master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.