President Urgo: Aspects of recent debates about the value of a liberal arts education, its usefulness and its appropriateness strike a familiar and disturbing historical chord. Our nation’s brightest students, contemplating the dedication of four years to the highest level of cognitive challenge, are discouraged by a contingent of their elders and asked to consider Find out more »
President Urgo was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi show (WAMU 88.5) on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Listen to the online broadcast.
President Urgo presented as part of the panel “Thinking Success Outside the Classroom: The PhD as Preparation for Diverse Career Opportunities” during the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, held in Boston, Mass., Jan. 3-6. Read his presentation titled, “Superliteracy in the Age of Information: Preparation for Higher Discourse (PhD),” on the President’s Message page.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland President, Joseph R. Urgo, has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Presidents Council. Urgo has been a member of the NCAA’s President Advisory Group since 2011. He will serve a two-year term on the council, starting in May 2013, and will be eligible to be Find out more »
(St. Mary’s City, MD) December 20, 2012—Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., St. Mary’s College of Maryland President, Joseph R. Urgo, has co-signed an open letter urging President Obama and Congress to take immediate action on gun control. “All academic institutions from grade schools to colleges and universities are Find out more »
St. Mary’s College of Maryland mourns the passing of former College President Dr. James Renwick Jackson. Jackson served as president of the College from 1969 – 1982. He died Friday, July 13 in Queens, NY from complications of pneumonia, surrounded by a circle of loved ones. Jackson was St. Mary’s first male president, taking office Find out more »
Joseph R. Urgo, president and professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Michael S. Glaser, professor emeritus at St. Mary’s and former Poet Laureate of Maryland, were elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Maryland Humanities Council. The council is a nonprofit organization that uses the humanities Find out more »
The President of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Joseph R. Urgo, and his wife, Lesley Dretar Urgo, commit $100,000 to the College’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. This new commitment will bring their total financial support of the College to $120,000, including a prior gift of $20,000. “Maintaining the liberal arts in the public trust requires financial Find out more »
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and The Patuxent Partnership have formalized an educational partnership agreement that will advance scientific research and foster academic growth in science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Representatives from those organizations gathered on the college campus Tuesday, Oct. Find out more »
With a decree that “today marks a new beginning and a reaffirmation,” Joseph R. Urgo formally was installed as president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City Saturday, March 26. Urgo is by training a professor of English and was most recently chief academic officer at Hamilton College in upstate New York. Find out more »