Linda Gooden Selected Chair of USM Board of Regents

Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 7, 2018) – The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents today elected Linda R. Gooden as its new chair.

Gooden replaces James T. Brady, who resigned from the board last week. 

Gooden joined the board in July 2009. She is the Retired Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services and Officer of the of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Her many external awards include Maryland Business Hall of Fame, Corporate Board Top 50 Women in Technology, Greater Washington Contractor Awards' Executive of the Year, and U.S. Black Engineer and IT Black Engineer of the Year. She earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University, and a bachelor's in Business and Administration and MBA from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

A bio on board chair Gooden can be found here.

Following her election as chair, Gooden gave the following statement:

I am honored to have been elected by my peers as the new Chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

Let me briefly make a few points.

In its quest to keep an open mind about the facts presented in the two recent reports on the tragic death of Jordan McNair and the University of Maryland, College Park football program, and subsequent interviews with those involved, the board – in the minds of many – lost sight of its responsibility to the university system.  

While the board’s decision was far from unanimous, and many members voted a different way, everyone on the board now understands that the board’s personnel recommendations were wrong.

For that, we apologize to the McNair family, the University of Maryland, College Park community, and to the citizens of our state.

Our goal as a board is to govern in a manner that affords every student an opportunity for a safe, affordable, and quality education experience. 

Under my leadership, this board will accomplish that goal by recommitting to the principle of shared governance.

In the meantime, I also will be working to set up meetings with stakeholders in Annapolis and at the University of Maryland, College Park and across the system.

Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719