CSM Board names outgoing leader president emeritus
Approves architectural contract for new Hughesville health sciences building
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.