CSM Board names out­go­ing leader pres­i­dent emer­i­tus

Ap­proves architectural con­tract for new Hugh­esville health sci­ences build­ing

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

The Board of Trus­tees for the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land voted unan­i­mously last week to con­fer the sta­tus of pres­i­dent emer­i­tus on out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried.

“Af­ter be­ing pres­i­dent of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land for 11 years, Dr. Got­tfried has pro­vided ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice to CSM,” Dorothea Smith, out­go­ing board chair­woman, said fol­low­ing the meeting Thurs­day

on the Prince Frederick cam­pus. “His vi­sion, lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment have made a last­ing im­pact on CSM and the South­ern Mary­land re­gion. Un­der his lead­er­ship, there has been an ex­pan­sion of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for all stu­dents and fund­ing for scholarships through the CSM Foun­da­tion’s $5 mil­lion and $10 mil­lion cam­paigns, for which he has been a spon­sor and con­trib­u­tor.”

Got­tfried is re­tir­ing ef­fec­tive June 30. His re­place­ment, Mau­reen Mur­phy, for­merly pres­i­dent of Brookdale Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Mon­mouth County, N.J., be­gins July 1.

The board also voted unan­i­mously to be­stow board emer­i­tus sta­tus on Michael Mid­dle­ton, who has served as trustee since 2007, in­clud­ing serv­ing as its chair­man from 2013-15 and as chair­man of the Pres­i­den­tial Search Com­mit­tee which se­lected Mur­phy.

The board also elected Ted Har­wood II, the cur­rent vice chair­man, as its new chair­man be­gin­ning July 1, and Bradley Bates as the new vice chair­man.

The board voted to change ven­dors in the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of stand­alone air con­di­tion­ing units from its prior con­tract awardee, Boland Trane Ser­vices, to Mit­subishi Heat­ing and Cool­ing, at a max­i­mum cost of $423,000, with a min­i­mum SMECO re­bate of $47,000 fac­tored in.

Tony Jerni­gan, vice pres­i­dent of fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, said that fol­low­ing the con­tract ap­proval on May 18, he was con­tacted by Bol­land.

“Bol­land con­tacted us and said they had grossly un­der­es­ti­mated the cost and they asked to in­crease the costs,” Jerni­gan said. “It in­creased the cost sub­stan­tially.”

Jerni­gan said the cost in­creases made it higher than the of­fer by Mit­subishi. Got­tfried said the air con­di­tion­ing units are needed to be in place at the health tech­nol­ogy build­ing be­fore the start of school in the fall.

Trus­tees also voted to ap­prove the award­ing of a con­tract to Calver­ton-based ar­chi­tects Grimm + Parker for the plan­ning of a new Health Sci­ences Cen­ter on the Hugh­esville Re­gional Cam­pus, for an amount not to ex­ceed $1,831,000.

Six firms sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als, Jerni­gan said. A com­mit­tee nar­rowed it down to two firms, and the Grimm + Parker pro­posal was $156,000 less.

Got­tfried said Grimm + Parker has de­signed ev­ery build­ing since he be­gan his tenure in 2007, with the ex­cep­tion of the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy build­ing, and have done a qual­ity job each time.

“If I had been here next year, I would have se­ri­ously con­sid­ered — even at a higher cost — the other com­pany. But you’re go­ing to have a new pres­i­dent, and I don’t think you want to gam­ble with a new com­pany,” Got­tfried said. “[Grimm + Parker] is a proven com­mod­ity … we know them, and we be­lieve they will do a fine job for us.”

Got­tfried said pre­vi­ously the de­sign phase is ex­pected to last ap­prox­i­mately 16 months. The ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 square foot build­ing will al­low CSM to cen­tral­ize its health sci­ences pro­grams and al­low it to add ad­di­tional spe­cial­ties, such as res­pi­ra­tory ther­apy and X-ray tech­ni­cian, Got­tfried said.

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