Three New Members of USM Board of Regents Appointed; Regent Slater Appointed to Second Term
Md. (March 15, 2013)
-- The University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes three new members to the
Board of Regents, with the appointments of Robert D. Rauch and Tracye Turner
and 2013-14 student regent Samim Manizade of Salisbury University.
The appointments, made by
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, were confirmed today by the Maryland Senate.
The Maryland Senate also
confirmed the reappointment of Regent Thomas G. Slater. Slater was appointed to
his original term in July 2007. (The effective start date for his second term is July 1, 2012.)
Robert D. Rauch is a
principal with the civil engineering and construction management firm Robert D.
Rauch & Associates, Inc., of Easton, Md. After earning his B.S. in civil
engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in 1973, Rauch
began his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In 1978, he
became the state's youngest county engineer, serving for six years as director
of public works and Talbot County engineer before his move to the private
sector in 1984.
Rauch is a member of the
National Society of Professional Engineers, the University of Maryland Civil
Engineering Board, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He succeeds John L. Young, M.D., who
resigned from the board in February 2013. Rauch's term is effective immediately.
Tracye Turner is the executive
vice president and chief operating officer of Optimal Solutions Group, LLC, an
economic and policy analysis research and consulting firm headquartered in the
M Square Research Park in College Park, Md. She has oversight of the firm's
operations in areas such as optimal analytics, communications, and its new
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Turner also has held senior positions
with Northrop Grumman IT, including regional sales manager and senior representative.
Turner has several
professional affiliations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Girl
Scouts of America. Turner succeeds Orlan M. Johnson, whose term expired. Her
term is effective immediately.
Samim Manizade is a May 2014
candidate for a B.S. in physics from Salisbury University (SU). Manizade
has placed on the Dean's List at SU every semester, and is a recipient of the
Salisbury University Presidential Scholarship Award, the Maryland Distinguished
Scholar Award, and the Jazz Ensemble Scholarship. He has regularly conducted
research with SU professors in the science and math disciplines. His term
begins July 1, 2013.
A 17-member Board of Regents,
including one full-time student, governs the University System of Maryland.
Appointed by the governor, the regents oversee the system's academic,
administrative, and financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM
chancellor and the presidents of the system's 12 institutions. With the
exception of the student member, each regent is appointed for a term of five
years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The student regent is
appointed for a one-year term and may be reappointed. Regents serve on the
board without compensation.
The University System of Maryland
comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education centers and a system
office. USM provides access to excellent higher education opportunities,
performs groundbreaking research, offers vital services to communities and
individuals and fuels economic and workforce development.
more information about the board, visit http://www.usmd.edu/regents/
Contact: Mike Lurie