The Maryland General Assembly welcomed University of Maryland President Jay A. Perman, MD, back to the state with official recognition from the podium Thursday in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate.
Perman, who also was in Annapolis to host a student breakfast and to unveil a University exhibit in the Miller Senate Office Building, said he appreciated the generous reception. "On behalf of 6,500 faculty and staff and about 6,000 students who really drive our place - many of whom are in the gallery observing your good work - I want to thank you for everything you do to enable our agenda," he said in speaking to the House of Delegates.
Perman, who became president July 1, said he was happy to be back in Maryland after six years as dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
"And if I can share just one personal reason," he told the legislators, "my four kids grew up in Maryland. My four kids are successful. They are successful in no small measure because they had the benefits of being children in Maryland. I feel that and I mean that.
"So in coming back, it wasn't just for an opportunity - and it's a great opportunity for me - it was out of a sense of obligation. My kids had it good. I want to make sure that I do my part in utilizing all the goodness of our University in improving the human condition to give other kids a chance, to enable them to learn how to serve as health professionals and social workers and lawyers and to drive our research agenda so that we have better health in Maryland and beyond. And in driving our research agenda, I think you also drive the economic development of the state of Maryland."
In closing, he thanked the delegates and invited them to visit the many-paneled exhibit on real-world thinking and worldwide reach "so you can see some of the things that we're doing to make a difference in Maryland."
Earlier Delegate Keith Haynes and Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell, both of the University's 44th District, had joined Perman for the unveiling of the exhibit.