Director of DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program
F. J. Talley came to St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years of administrative and teaching experience. He has served as dean of students at Bryant University, associate provost at Rowan University, dean at Defiance College, vice president and dean at the College of Southern Maryland, and president at Olivet College and Frederick Community College. Talley holds a doctorate in student personnel and higher education administration from Ohio University, and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.
He is an avid sailor and recently published his first novel, Twin Worlds.
Mary F. Dorsey
Director of Academic Support
Mary came to St. Mary’s in January 2017, continuing a lengthy career in higher education. After earning her undergrad and graduate degrees (Journalism, Counseling) in her native New England (Go Red Sox!), she set out on a career in college student affairs, where she served at Westminster and Franklin & Marshall Colleges and Bucknell, Temple and Purdue Universities. Her responsibilities included new student orientation and programs, leadership development, student engagement, public service programming, Greek Life, residence life and student union and sport clubs management, among others. Mary has also taught Psychology and First Year Seminar, after becoming an academic adviser five years ago.
Jennifer Platts “JP”
Program Coordinator for DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program
JP came to St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2018 after spending the past ten years of her career working in residential life. JP completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence , RI. While attending JWU she discovered her passion for helping students succeed in college through programming, support and mentoring. JP earned her Masters degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Upon graduation JP returned to her home state of Connecticut and began working as a Residence Hall Director at UConn. JP is very excited to work with the DB Scholars program and hopes to have a hand in shaping students college experience and helping them thrive at SMCM.