USM Welcomes Six New Members to the Board of Regents

ADELPHI, Md. (May 14, 2007) - The University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes six new members to the Board of Regents this spring. Barry Gossett, the Hon. C. Thomas McMillen, James L. Shea, Richard E. Scott, Jr., and Thomas G. Slater were nominated by Governor Martin O'Malley and confirmed in March by the Maryland Senate. The Gossett, McMillen, and Shea appointments are effective immediately. Scott, a rising senior at Frostburg State University (FSU), will begin a one-year term as Student Regent on July 1, 2007. Slater's five-year term on the board will also begin on July 1.

The Hon. Roger L. Richardson, newly appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, serves on the board ex officio.

"I am honored to welcome such accomplished individuals to the board," said Clifford M. Kendall, board chair. "Their wealth of experience and commitment to public higher education will be invaluable to the University System of Maryland."

Barry Gossett, chairman and CEO of the Baltimore-based Acton Mobile Industries, is past chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Foundation. He currently co-chairs the foundation's Great Expectations Campaign for Maryland and serves as an ex officio on the board of the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF). He lives in Anne Arundel County.

The Hon. C. Thomas McMillen, vice chairman of Fortress International Group and CEO of Homeland Security Capital Corporation, served three consecutive terms in Congress as representative of the fourth congressional district of Maryland, 1987-1993. A graduate of UMCP and Rhodes Scholar, McMillen played 11 years in the NBA. He lives in Howard County.

James L. Shea, chairman of the law firm Venable, LLP, serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, as well as several other organizations. He is a past trustee of the UMCP Foundation, the Hippodrome Foundation, and the Calvert School. He lives in Baltimore County.

The Hon. Roger L. Richardson was appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture in February 2007. A lifelong family farmer and grain grower on the Lower Eastern Shore, he is the current director of the Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology and the American Corn Growers Association.

Student Regent Richard Scott is a rising senior at FSU studying political science and theatre while pursuing a certificate in public administration. He is from Calvert County.

Thomas G. Slater is the founder of the Law Offices of Thomas G. Slater, P.C., based in Frederick, MD. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Slater taught in Frederick County public schools before studying law. He also is a 1980 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He lives in Frederick County.

The governor also reappointed Regents Patricia Florestano of Anne Arundel County and Orlan Johnson of Prince Georges County to five-year terms on the board. Their appointments were confirmed by the Senate. Regent Clifford Kendall was nominated last year for a five-year reappointment. The appointment was confirmed by the Senate this year. He currently serves as board chair.

USM's governing body, the Board of Regents is responsible for the system's academic, administrative, and financial operations. In addition, the board formulates policy and appoints the USM chancellor and the presidents of the system's 13 institutions. For more information about the board, visit

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