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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/02/2012

What happened at UMUC?

As the University of Maryland University College gets a new leader, questions linger about why the previous one left the high-profile online school.

On Monday, Javier Miyares was named president of UMUC. State higher education officials described him as a consensus pick to replace Susan Aldridge.

Aldridge resigned in March, with little explanation, a few weeks after she went on an unexplained leave of absence. At the time of her departure, The Post reported that there was internal unrest at UMUC about what some employees described as her strict management style and a school culture that gave too much weight to enrollment and revenue. The school had 42,713 students in fall 2011 and more than 90,000 in a year-round count.

Officials who oversaw Aldridge praised her accomplishments at the time and declined to elaborate on reasons for the transition. In a brief statement, Aldridge said: “Given all that we have accomplished over the past six years, I think this is a good time to step down.”

On Monday, state university system Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan declined again to comment on why Aldridge left.

Miyares, asked the same question, said: “No, I cannot shed more light on that.”

In an interview published in the fall 2012 edition of the UMUC magazine Achiever, Miyares, who had been acting president after Aldridge’s departure, said: “There has been an understanding that the only way to pull through the crisis has been to come together.”

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