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Sweeney steps down from U-Md.

June 22, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Robert P. Sweeney has resigned as project director of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center, effective July 1.

He resigned so he can return to the private sector, Sweeney said Thursday. He refused to say what the new job would be or name his new employer.

Sweeney, 61, was named project director in May 1999. It was a position scheduled to dissolve when the campus was built.

Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop confirmed Thursday that Sweeney had resigned this week.

The county is in discussions with system officials about finding a replacement, Shoop said.

The county regrets Sweeney's decision, he said.

"He has done an outstanding job pulling the many details together to keep this project moving forward as it has over the last year," Shoop said.

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The cost of Sweeney's $70,000 salary was split between the county and the system, with the county paying one-third and the system paying the other two-thirds.

"We are sorry to see him go. He did an outstanding job for us," said Chris Hart, system spokesman. "We are going to have a heck of a time finding a replacement."

Sweeney previously served as executive director of the PenMar Development Corp., resigning in February 1999, after serving in that capacity for more than three years.

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