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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.

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