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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Installs Six New Trustees to its Board

New Members Include Two Alumni, Two from Naval Air Base
June 10, 2010
Press Release #11-104

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Six new trustees, including two alumni, have been approved by Gov. Martin O’Malley to join the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees. Board of Trustees officers for 2011-2012 will be Molly Mahoney Matthews, chair; Larry Leak, vice chair; Arthur “Lex” Birney Jr., secretary; and John Wobensmith, treasurer.

“We are honored to welcome a distinguished group of new trustees to the St. Mary’s board,” said Board Chair Matthews. “They bring a wide array of abilities including business, legal, marketing, academic, and military expertise. Two of our new trustees have served in leadership positions at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and will enhance our partnership there. Two are senior executives in large corporations, one is a former federal judge.  Half of the members of the new trustees represent diverse communities, furthering our goal of inclusion at the leadership level. We have a bright future ahead for our board as this new group joins the dedicated group of individuals serving on the board."

St. Mary’s President Joseph Urgo agreed. “We are fortunate to have the loyalty of alumni who want to give back to the college, as shown by Don Bryan, Class of ’73, and Elizabeth Graves ’95, who have committed to serve on the board,” said Urgo.  "I look forward to working together with the trustees as we build on the tradition of academic excellence, access, and sustainability.”

The new members:

Timothy M. Broas, Chevy Chase, Maryland, has been a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Winston & Strawn since 1995 where he practices white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Prior to joining Winston and Strawn, he practiced at other law firms in D.C. and New York City, and clerked for Justice Mark Sullivan, New Jersey Supreme Court. He received his law degree from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Boston College. He was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in 2010 and 2011, and was a Washington, D.C., "Super Lawyer" in 2007 and 2011. He was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institution in 2010.

Alumnus Donald Bryan ’73, Clarksville, Maryland, is a native of St. Mary’s County and earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from St. Mary’s. He worked as an admissions counselor for the college and the men’s basketball coach. He is a district sales manager with Horace Mann Companies in Columbia, Maryland, an insurance company which focuses on the nation's educators and their families. An avid athlete, Bryan played varsity basketball, baseball, and lacrosse while at St. Mary’s. Bryan was also the head basketball coach and assistant lacrosse coach at St. Mary’s for a number of years. He was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame in 1990. He and his brothers, Ben and Ken, are active alumni, returning to campus for minority career panels and basketball games. Bryan also served on the Alumni Council from 1996-2002.     

Alumna Elizabeth Graves ’95, New York City, is vice president and editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, the award-winning bridal magazine. She was previously the beauty and health director for Real Simple and editorial director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She has an extensive media background, having worked at Self and Allure magazines, among many others. Graves received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from St. Mary’s, where she was voted Collegiate All-American Sailor and won the Women’s Collegiate Sailing Champion. 

Rear Admiral Timothy L. Heely, Leonardtown, Maryland, is a vice president with Cobham plc, headquartered in London, England. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a degree in American political systems and earned a master’s in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1983. A Navy pilot, he flew single seat fighter-attack jets from aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian oceans. He commanded an FA-18 squadron during the first Gulf War from the USS Independence.  In August 2000, he was selected as a rear admiral and served in numerous positions at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  In his final position with the Navy he was responsible for the Navy and Marine Corps Unmanned Air Vehicle efforts. He retired in the summer of 2008 after a 33-year career. He and his wife, Cherie, are active Arts Alliance members and support the St. Mary’s College of Maryland River Concert Series and St Mary's City. 

The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, New York and Washington, D.C., is the vice chairman for KPMG LLP where he directs the office of general counsel, government affairs, risk, regulatory, security, and the firm’s ethics and compliance programs. Judge Holmes was appointed by President Clinton as U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, where he served from 1995-2005, and as Chief Judge from 2003-2005. He taught constitutional law at the University of Tulsa College of Law from 1999-2005. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in transactions, business litigation, and investigations. Holmes was staff director and general counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987-1989.  From 1989-1993, he was vice president of the Baltimore Orioles and served on the Maryland Economic Development Council.  He served as administrative assistant to Gov. David L. Boren of Oklahoma from 1975-1977. Holmes received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1973, J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 and LLM (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Thomas R. Brett from 1980-1981.

Captain Glen Ives, California, Maryland, is a vice president for Sabre Systems, Inc.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Army College, he served as a naval officer and pilot throughout the world. His last assignment was as commanding officer of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Ives has been past honorary chairman of the United Way, Christmas in April, Special Olympics, Metropolitan Commission Task Force, and leader of the Catholic Schools task force. He belongs to the Rotary, was a 2009 graduate of Leadership Maryland, and serves on the boards of Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, College of Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, The Patuxent Partnership, and Annmarie Garden.

Caption: Six new trustees join Board Chair Molly Mahoney Matthews, above, on the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.