which allows students to take college courses without leaving their home campus through telepresence technology, earning up to six credits per semester.
Hill said Gottfried has also been active through various community-based initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with him,” Hill said. “He’s a thoughtful and serious man, and he’s been a benefit to our community. I look forward to continuing to work with him, because he has expressed his intention of continuing to work for the betterment of our community after his retirement.”
Dan Curry said Gottfried reached out to him as soon as he took over as superintendent of Calvert County’s public schools almost three years ago.
“He’s such an advocate for working with the schools that when I started working here July 1, 2014, he and Dr. [Richard] Fleming, the [Prince Frederick] campus leader, met with me within the first month, at their request,” Curry said.
Dual enrollment has expanded in Calvert County, and Access CSM will be available in Calvert County high schools beginning this fall.
“He’s been a big advocate of expanding educational opportunities for our students,” Curry said. “He has made CSM such an asset to our community, and he has helped our families save money by taking their first two years of college at CSM and staying close to home.”
Alland “Al” Leandre, a NAVAIR avionics engineer from St. Mary’s County, is a member of the CSM Foundation’s board of directors. During a farewell gala for Gottfried on June 3, Leandre said Gottfried has been determined in creating a pipeline for students in STEM fields.
“When I first met Dr. Gottfried, 11 years ago, he was determined to build this local pipeline here in Southern Maryland for a future STEM workforce,” Leandre said. “His vision and goal has always been that CSM would be a place not only to be trained to start their careers, but would also be mentored, discipled and be placed in a position while staying here in Southern Maryland.”
Through the Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM) at CSM, students in grades kindergarten through 12th are exposed to STEM careers and opportunities, Leandre said. “Have professionals from industry and government meet with them, show them hands-on experiments, get them excited about science, excited about their future.”
Leandre said Gottfried’s dedication to STEM has also inspired faculty to create new programs and new student opportunities in STEM fields. Securing the future Lilly said Gottfried has led the way in making education affordable for students by greatly expanding scholarship opportunities. More than 400 scholarships, in excess of $830,000, were given out in the past academic year alone, Lilly said.
“Dr. Gottfried and his wife definitely lead by example, and have set up two scholarships themselves,” Lilly said, adding that Gottfried and his wife, Linda, have donated $110,000 for scholarships.
“They want to make sure they impact students they’ll probably never meet,” Lilly said. “They want to invest today to support our future.”
Lilly, a 1975 graduate of the college, has set up two scholarships as well. “[Gottfried] has really set an example through his generosity,” Lilly said.
Marianne Harms of Calvert County said Gottfried’s vision for CSM really moved her, and led to her making a $1 million donation through the CSM Foundation. The funds go to an endowed scholarship, the John and Marianne Harms Endowed Scholarship Fund, which also honors Harms’ husband, John.
Harms said that Gottfried convinced her that money donated to the college would be well spent. “Through Brad’s leadership, we’ve seen how the college has grown,” she said. “It became clear to me that with Brad’s leadership, there was a clear vision, a plan to grow the college and serve all three counties, which is a very difficult thing to do.”
Harms said she has been pleased to see how the Prince Frederick campus has grown from its humble beginnings.
“I’m very, very impressed with how he has managed to take a couple trailers and turn it into a lovely campus, with beautiful buildings, and a plan to grow further,” Harms said.
Harms said she expects the college to continue to grow even after Gottfried’s departure. “I think that laying the groundwork and foundation is very important, and I think the foundation is on very stable ground,” Harms said.
Gottfried has also worked to strengthen local groups through the creation of several community-based initiatives.
Murphy said Gottfried’s creation of the Nonprofit Institute, the Diversity Institute and the Charles County Community Mediation Center have had a tremendous impact on the county.
“County government can’t do everything, and so having a partner who understands that, and can develop these types of programs, really has gone a long way towards expanding the services available to our community,” Murphy said.
Gottfried also created the Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute, which seeks to nurture the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators.
“What the idea there was to create a forum and place of gathering to help them get their idea or concept off the ground,” Chiaramonte said. “We surround these entrepreneurs with subject matter experts and help them fulfill their dream and get their product out and viable.”
For a man used to waking up at 3 a.m. to begin work, retirement isn’t necessarily a positive concept.
“After [Maureen] Murphy was selected [as the next CSM president], I began to feel real anxiety about what I was going to do,” Gottfried said.
As Gottfried prepares to close the door on his 41year career in higher education, he still looks for ways he can contribute.
Gottfried and his wife already volunteer their services assisting nonprofit organizations with strategic planning and management, something he expects will continue after retirement.
“Nonprofits are only as good as their boards, and if I can help them improve what they do, they can accomplish more for the community,” Gottfried said.
In addition, Gottfried is also looking into ways he can advise the administration of other colleges.
“I love education, and I love community colleges in particular, and it’s hard to walk way after so many years, so I may do some consulting as well,” Gottfried said.
A historian by training, Gottfried also said he looks forward to devoting more time to writing. Gottfried has already written several books on the eastern front of the Civil War, and produced detailed maps of battle sites.
“Usually, I’ll get up around 3 [a.m.] and write for a few hours, before starting work. Sometimes I have to get up earlier,” Gottfried said. “I expect I will continue to get up at 3 every morning and write. The rest of the time, I hope to find ways to give back to the community.”
College of Southern Maryland President Bradley Gottfried holds a giant pair of scissors as he and other dignitaries take part in a ribbon cutting on April 25 for the Center for Trades and Energy Training, the first building on CSM’s new Hughesville regional campus.