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The Gazette’s recent report on the Base Realignment and Closure initiative (“Base Realignment and Closure program completed but challenges remain,” Sept. 16) cited concerns from Harford County Executive David Craig regarding higher education needs of military personnel families in northeast Maryland.

Several initiatives reflect the University System of Maryland’s commitment to BRAC families.

University of Maryland University College has been offering courses at Aberdeen Proving Ground for 20 years. Towson University offers 19 programs in Harford and Cecil counties at the HEAT Center and Harford Community College. Towson University has offered to build an educational facility with HCC, using USM's debt capacity and TU resources. We await state approval to move forward.

The University of Maryland, College Park offers 11 specialty engineering programs throughout the two counties.

In July, APG and the Maryland Higher Education Commission published master’s degree requests for program proposals. Four of seven programs were awarded to USM Institutions.

The Task Force to Study the Creation of a Regional Higher Education Center in Northeastern Maryland, on which USM remains active, is analyzing work force needs. Recommendations regarding an additional regional higher education center are expected by Dec. 15.

These programs reflect USM’s diligence toward serving northeast Maryland BRAC families while state budget resources are constrained.

William E. "Brit" Kirwan, Adelphi

The letter writer is chancellor of the University System of Maryland.