Cliff Kendall, Advisory Board Member for the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, Dies at 86

Clifford M. Kendall, former long-time Chair of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents and Advisory Board member for the Kirwan Center, passed away on March 28, 2018.
Kendall’s impact on higher education in Maryland is well known. He dedicated countless hours of service to both the USM Board of Regents and the USM Foundation, and his incredible generosity to his alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, and to the Universities at Shady Grove has impacted the lives of countless students.
Clifford Kendall founded Computer Data Systems, Inc. in 1968, and served as Chairman and CEO. He has been called a “founding father” of the Washington area’s 270 high-tech corridor. He served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for ten years, eight of those as Chairman, and served on the USG Board of Advisors until the time of his passing. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and George Washington University. He was also the founder and past chairman of the Montgomery County Community Foundation.
It was Kendall’s vision for the USM Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative that ultimately led to the System’s national leadership in course redesign and academic innovation, and his fundraising efforts gave the Kirwan Center its initial foothold. Kendall’s continued leadership helped the Center to advance in its earliest years and his commitment, generosity, and stewardship will continue to be reflected through the Center’s work.