Catherine J. Motz Appointed to USM Board of Regents
Md. (July 7, 2014)
-- The University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes Catherine J. "Cassie" Motz,
Esq., as a new member of the Board of Regents. Maryland Governor Martin
O'Malley announced the appointment on July 2, 2014. Her term is effective
Motz is the executive
director of the CollegeBound Foundation, Inc., a
Baltimore-based nonprofit organization, dedicated to fostering and funding the
dream of a college education for underserved students attending Baltimore City
public high schools.
Before joining the
CollegeBound Foundation in January 2014, Motz was deputy chief of staff to Gov.
O'Malley. She had also served as deputy legal counsel to Gov. O'Malley and as
interim director of the Governor's Office for Children. She served in the
O'Malley-Brown administration for seven years.
Motz is a graduate of Dartmouth College and
Yale Law School. Between college and law school, she taught at a public middle
school in the South Bronx, N.Y., through Teach for America. After graduating
from law school and clerking for U.S. District Judge James Robertson in
Washington, DC, she prosecuted homicide and domestic violence cases and argued
appellate cases in local and federal courts as an assistant U.S. attorney and
served as a deputy attorney general for the District of Columbia government,
representing the city's child welfare and mental health agencies.
behalf of the entire board, I am pleased to welcome Cassie Motz as our newest
regent," said board chair James L. Shea. "Her considerable experience in state
government leadership and commitment to advancing higher education in Maryland
position her to make valuable contributions to the board and the entire USM
community in the years ahead."
University System of Maryland offers a world-class education to over 100,000
students every year. Maryland is leading the way on the key issues of
college access and affordability, innovation and completion," Motz said. "I
look forward to working with the Chancellor, regents, and university
communities. I'm grateful for the chance to try to make a difference in the
lives of the next generation of Maryland's leaders."
Motz also serves as board president of
Baltimore Outreach Services, a homeless shelter and job-training program for
women in Federal Hill, and as board secretary for the KIPP Baltimore schools.
She is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program. Motz
has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law
and serves on the UMBC Public Policy External Advisory Board.
presidents and I are thrilled to have Cassie Motz join the Board of Regents.
Many of us have known her for years," USM Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan
said. "Her intellect and energy are so impressive, as is her passionate
commitment to access, affordability and quality in higher education. Nothing
demonstrates this commitment better than the outstanding job she is doing at
the CollegeBound Foundation, which provides thousands of young people a chance
to earn a college degree. Her work at the foundation will bring important new
perspectives to the board's deliberations."
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.
information about the board, visit http://www.usmd.edu/regents/
Contact: Mike Lurie