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some of th­ese folks ba­si­cally ei­ther couldn’t get a job be­cause they hadn’t done the prepa­ra­tion to get it, or the jobs just weren’t there.”

Prior to be­ing named chair­man, Har­wood said he was ap­pointed to the board by for­mer gov­er­nor Martin O’Mal­ley in 2010 and has ex­pe­ri­ence with the col­lege’s au­dit com­mit­tee and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion.

Dorothea Smith, the out­go­ing chair­man, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that Har­wood is an ex­cel­lent fit for the chair­man po­si­tion be­cause of his ex­pe­ri­ence with the CSM Foun­da­tion and his hav­ing been the vice chair for two years.

“Ted has ex­pe­ri­ence with col­lege de­vel­op­ment and fundrais­ing, and will re­in­force the col­lege’s mis­sion” of pro­vid­ing an af­ford­able post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and help­ing stu­dents grow as com­mu­nity mem­bers, she said. Har­wood has em­braced life-long ser­vice and will en­cour­age a cli­mate for ef­fec­tive change by col­lab­o­rat­ing with the board and the new col­lege pres­i­dent, Mau­reen Mur­phy, Smith said. Mur­phy will take over as head of the re­gional com­mu­nity col­lege in July, fol­low­ing Bradley Gottfried’s re­tire­ment af­ter 11 years at the helm.

Orig­i­nally from up­state New York, Har­wood said he moved to Hol­ly­wood in the late 1990s with his wife and two daugh­ters to work at Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion. With five years of ac­tive duty and 24 years in the re­serves,

Har­wood said he has a unique per­spec­tive to draw on mil­i­tary and civil­ian em­ploy­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Aside from be­ing a vice pres­i­dent of a de­fense con­trac­tor com­pany for 17 years, Har­wood said “the jobs I had in the mil­i­tary cul­mi­nated with be­ing a com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of a car­rier group for the re­serves. Be­fore I re­tired I was in the Pen­tagon” head of bud­gets for naval plat­forms, he said.

Gottfried said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Tues­day he didn’t think the com­mu­nity col­lege had ever had a board chair­man with mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence and Har­wood will “add a very unique per­spec­tive … that I think will be very help­ful.”

“I’m very fis­cally ori­en­tated in some ar­eas, how­ever my job [as chair­man] is to try to do the strate­gic

think­ing and the pres­i­dent ex­e­cutes what­ever he or she needs to make that hap­pen,” Har­wood said. “The board as a whole is very di­verse. It’s not me driv­ing this train. I have the reins, I can go one way or the other, but I’d like to let the board be the big par­tic­i­pant. We do it as a group.”

With nine board mem­bers, three each are from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties. Each cam­pus has a unique per­spec­tive on what the col­lege should do for the com­mu­nity, and “the Leonard­town cam­pus has a St. Mary’s fla­vor, La Plata has a Charles fla­vor and Prince Fred­er­ick has a Calvert fla­vor,” Har­wood said.

The new chair­man said the col­lege ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence has changed since he grad­u­ated from the academy, and he has stayed in the loop by con­tin­u­ing his ed­u­ca­tion through grad­u­ate cour­ses at Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity and Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

“I’ve seen it sig­nif­i­cantly progress to where work­force de­vel­op­ment is the big thing,” he said. “I think all col­leges should be that way.”

The re­gion’s largest em­ployer is the Navy, Har­wood said. On June 23, the col­lege board “worked out an agree­ment with the sup­ply course por­tion of the Navy” at Pax River and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Uni­ver­sity Col­lege, he said. “We have a pipe­line of peo­ple that start from the com­mu­nity col­lege, fin­ish out of the UMUC [and] im­me­di­ately upon grad­u­a­tion have a job with the Navy on base. As soon as they start, as long as they keep their grades, there will be a guar­an­teed job.”

In­tern­ships will also be of­fered dur­ing sum­mers, Har­wood said, not­ing the col­lege has other sim­i­lar agree­ments in en­gi­neer­ing and nurs­ing fields.

Most CSM stu­dents have a job af­ter grad­u­at­ing or can suc­cess­fully move on to other col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, he said. “The pen­du­lum is start­ing to swing back [and] peo­ple are com­ing out with a job,” he said. The com­mu­nity col­lege can easily ad­just to the ebb and flow of the job mar­ket and “ad­just our cur­ricu­lum so folks com­ing out will be as job ready as pos­si­ble.”

Michael Mid­dle­ton, a for­mer chair­man and out­go­ing trustee, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that he served with Har­wood on the au­dit com­mit­tee and he “is a fast learner. His pro­fes­sional ca­reer served him well” for pre­par­ing for the com­plex­i­ties of be­ing on a board that serves four cam­puses.

Mid­dle­ton said the new chair­man has a unique per­spec­tive “as to the ed­u­ca­tional needs [of the Navy’s] work­force and its sup­port ser­vices.” He said he is glad Har­wood is now “at the helm of the col­lege.”

Ed­u­ca­tion isn’t only for pre­par­ing for the work­force, Har­wood said.

“A per­son can’t be well-rounded un­less they have an ed­u­ca­tion,” and Har­wood said he is learn­ing some­thing new ev­ery day. It “al­lows you to branch out [and] ab­sorb what is around you.”

He said if weld­ing wasn’t nec­es­sary to­mor­row, some­one in the trade could take classes at the com­mu­nity col­lege and “re­train for an­other field quickly.”

Har­wood said in his free time he is on the wa­ter and en­joys boat­ing, fish­ing and crab­bing.

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