SOUTHERN MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COUNCIL

Patricia S. Florestano, Ph.D., Acting Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: one vacancy

Ex officio: Catherine M. Shultz, Esq., Acting Secretary of Higher Education; Patrick G. O'Shea, Ph.D., designee of Chancellor, University System of Maryland; Ian D. C. Newbould, Ph.D., Interim President, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Gerald W. Clark, President, Calvert County Board of County Commissioners; Candice Quinn Kelly, President, County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland; Francis J. (Jack) Russell, President, St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners; Gary Kessler, designee of U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs; Bradley M. Gottfried, Ph.D., President, College of Southern Maryland; Joseph F. Anderson III, Chair, Board of Governors, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center; Eric W. Franklin, Chair, Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board; Tina M. Bjarekull, President, Maryland Independent College & University Association; Bonnie Green, designee of President, Board of Directors, Patuxent Partnership.

Staff: Geoffrey Newman

c/o Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty St., 10th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-3085
e-mail: gnewman@mhec.state.md.us

In July 2011, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Council was established (Chapter 622, Acts of 2011). The Council was to develop a strategy to improve access to higher education for Southern Maryland residents. The Council examined existing needs for higher education in the region and determined whether those needs were being met. The Council recommended ways to meet any additional higher education needs, and formulate long- and short-term plans to improve access to higher education in Southern Maryland.

The Council submitted its interim report to the Governor and General Assembly on January 21, 2013, and its final report on December 2, 2013.

Authorization for the Council ended June 30, 2014 (Chapter 346, Acts of 2013).

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