Two New Members of USM Board of Regents Appointed; Regents Shea, Gossett Appointed to Second Terms

Adelphi, Md. (March 25, 2011) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes two new members to the USM Board of Regents, Baltimore attorney David Kinkopf and 2011-2012 Student Regent Collin Wojciechowski, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

The appointments, made by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, were confirmed today by the Maryland Senate. Their terms will begin July 1, 2011.

The Senate also confirmed the reappointments of Regents Barry P. Gossett and James L. Shea, both of whom were appointed to their inaugural term in February 2007.

Kinkopf, a partner at the Baltimore law firm Gallagher, Evelius and Jones, will take the board vacancy left by Regent Clifford Kendall when the 2011 fiscal year ends on June 30. Regent Kendall has served the maximum number of five-year terms allowed.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Notre Dame, Kinkopf's practice is focused in the legal concentrations of land use, civil litigation, education, employment, and municipal issues. A past president of the Baltimore City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals, he serves on numerous boards, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore Board of Financial Administration and the PNC Baltimore Regional Advisory Board.

Wojciechowski is a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar at UMBC.  He is pursuing dual bachelor's degrees in the concentrations of political science and media and communications studies. He will succeed the current student regent, Leslie Hall, a senior at Bowie State University.

A resident of Pasadena, Md., Wojciechowski is a member of the UMBC Neighbor Relations Committee and director of the Office of Government and Community Affairs for the UMBC Student Government Association. From July 2008 through June 2009, he was the student representative on the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education.

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.

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