CSM Begins Nationwide Search for 5th President

Applications Will Be Accepted through Dec. 15

The College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees has launched a national search for the institution’s fifth President due to the pending retirement of President Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried. The board is seeking an experienced educational leader and administrator with a track record of being visionary, innovative, collaborative and inspirational.

“The search will focus on selecting the best candidate who will build upon the success and academic excellence that is the legacy of CSM’s previous presidents,” said Board Chair Dorothea Holt Smith. “The next leader of the college will have the opportunity to lead and inspire a talented and dedicated team of faculty and staff.”

CSM’s Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee, chaired by trustee Michael L. Middleton and comprised of representatives from the board, the CSM Foundation, faculty, alumni and the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Additionally, focus groups with each of the college’s County Advisory Councils in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and information sessions with college employees have been held to prepare the presidential profile and preferred qualifications.

This information is available at the college’s presidential search web site, www.csmd.edu/presidentialsearch and applications will be accepted for the position until Dec. 15, 2016.

CSM is a comprehensive regional community college in Southern Maryland and serving more than 25,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick and its other facilities including a shared facility with University of Maryland University College—the Waldorf Center for Higher Education—and the Center for Transportation Training in La Plata. A new regional campus is located on 74 acres in Hughesville with the college’s new Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET) to be the initial facility. The 30,000-square-foot CTET, to include labs, classrooms and administrative space, is expected to be operational by spring 2017. The second phase for the Regional Campus will be the construction of a state-of-the-art health sciences building and other proposed phases could include a fine arts building, a field house and relocation of the college’s athletic fields.

Located close to Washington, D. C. and Baltimore, CSM has an annual enrollment of over 25,000 credit and non-credit students. With more than 50 guaranteed articulation agreements, students can start locally and transfer seamlessly to the college of their choice. Last year 1,762 CSM students transferred to 226 different colleges and universities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Destinations include Maryland universities and other highly regarded schools across the nation.

Since established in 1958, CSM has experienced incredible growth in enrollment, physical facilities, program offerings and impact with the college serving as an economic engine for the 350,000 residents of Southern Maryland with a variety of affordable academic, technical and vocational programs. Services to the business community include the Corporate Center’s customized training, the region’s Small Business Development Center and a new Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute. The college is also a hub for much of the area’s social, cultural and wellness activities.

Reporting directly to a nine-member board of trustees who are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms, the president is the college’s chief executive officer and serves as the secretary-treasurer for the college’s active foundation.

The board seeks a person who will continue to energetically pursue alignment with its mission, vision and values to foster fiscal responsibility, encourage diversity and inspire student success and completion. The successful candidate will possess outstanding communication skills necessary to preserve and enhance partnerships with industry, community and other educational institutions while overseeing and inspiring the college’s employees.

For the presidential profile, qualifications requested and details on the search process, visit www.csmd.edu/presidentialsearch.