ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced five appointments to the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Board of Trustees. The appointees are Dr. Rosemary Gillett-Karam, Jay Hutchins, Esq., Pamela Paulk, Craig Anthony Thompson, Esq. and Maria Harris Tildon, Esq. BCCC is governed by the Board of Trustees. Appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent, the Board consists of nine members. Eight serve six-year terms; a student member serves a one-year term.
“Our greatest asset in this innovation economy is the talents, skills, ingenuity, creativity, and education of our people,” said Governor O’Malley. “Nearly half of new economy jobs will require a level of skills training that fall somewhere in between a high school diploma and a four-year degree. I am confident that these new appointees will work to ensure that Baltimore City Community College students attain the skills, knowledge and training they need to secure good paying jobs to succeed and prosper.”
“I would like to thank Governor O’Malley for making these important appointments to the Baltimore City Community College Board of Trustees,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “The Governor chose individuals who are eminently-qualified, well respected, and dedicated to strengthening our Community College. For the people of Baltimore, BCCC plays a vital role by providing educational opportunities that will help them adapt to our changing economy. I know that these new Trustees will guide BCCC in a direction that best serves its students and our community.”
Background on the appointees:
- Rosemary Gillett-Karam, Ph.D., is professor and program director of the School of Education and Urban Studies for the Department of Advanced Studies at Morgan State University. She previously served as President of Louisburg College in North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Jay Hutchins, Esq., is vice president of policy development and government relations for the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC). Prior to joining the GBC, he served as director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. He was a Presidential appointee to the United States Peace Corps during the Clinton Administration. Hutchins received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Winston-Salem State University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
- Pamela Paulk is vice president of human resources for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to her current position at Johns Hopkins, she served as a consultant and managed teams of reengineering consultants at major medical centers throughout the United States. She is also an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches master’s level courses in Human Resources. Ms. Paulk earned a B.S. in Biology and Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Florida State University, and an MBA Johns Hopkins University.
- Craig Anthony Thompson, Esq., is an attorney at Venable, LLP. He also serves as adjunct professor and lecturer for the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Thompson writes a monthly column for the Daily Record and is the author of a series of children’s books on African American history. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
- Maria Harris Tildon, Esq., is senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) where she has also served as vice president of corporate communications and senior vice-president of external affairs. Prior to joining BCBS, Ms. Tildon served as deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs and other executive positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and her J.D. from American University, Washington School of Law.