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Ushering In New Leadership: Dr. Jay Perman

University of Maryland Baltimore

Money was scarce for Dr. Jay Perman, growing up, working in his immigrant parents’ laundry in Chicago. He was 13 when his father died; when he set his sights on medical school, he had no idea how he’d afford it--until he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. So as president of the University of Maryland Baltimore for the past ten years, Perman stressed making higher education accessible .. for all families. It’s still a top goal now that he’s the new chancellor of the University System of Maryland -- a dozen campuses all over the state. We sit down with him at the start of his new role.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'