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July 18, 2003

Contact: Patricia Adams

Oros Named Chairman of School of Nursing Board of Visitors

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing announced today that David Oros, chairman and chief executive officer of Aether Systems, Inc., a global leader in wireless business solutions, has been named chairman of its Board of Visitors "I am honored to accept the role as chairman," said Oros. "I look forward to helping this top 10 institution reach even greater heights by leading an active Board in shaping creative responses to issues facing nursing today, such as the shortage of nurses and nurse faculty, the health needs of the uninsured and underserved, and nursing research to help improve health care for everyone. Together, we will strive to gain philanthropic support for these issues."

Oros, who founded Aether Systems in 1996, brings to the Board many years of experience in the business community, where he also sits on the boards of Novatel Wireless, Corvis Corporation and Port Discovery. Continually recognized for his entrepreneurial and personal achievements, Oros has been acknowledged as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Mobile Computing Magazine's Person of the Year and the KPMG High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and holds a U.S. patent for a multi-functional radar.

"I am delighted that Mr. Oros has accepted the position as chairman of our Board," said Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. "His ongoing commitment to the University of Maryland System and the School of Nursing's clinical enterprise will be invaluable as he assumes his new role. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Board to continue to develop community support for initiatives such as scholarships, nursing research and our extensive clinical enterprises in the community."

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