Board of Trustees

Mr. Michael O'Brien '68

Photo of Mr. Michael O'Brien  '68

Why I am a trustee:
Southern Maryland has very few opportunities to distinguish itself within the state. The success and national prestige of St. Mary's College adds to the identity and culture of this community.  To the extent possible, I want to contribute as much as I can to that positive image.  I have personally benefited from the opportunities available at St. Mary's, a small college where you can easily develop close relationships with students and faculty, and I would like to help preserve that option for other students in the future.

Graduated from (and year):
St. Mary's Junior College, A.A. (1968)
University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (1973)

CPA, business manager and developer

When I was in college I studied:
Economics, finance and accounting

Today I wish I had studied:
American history

Favorite book:
John Adams by David McCullough

Favorite film:
Saving Private Ryan

Favorite cuisine:

Role model:
Anyone who is both successful and happy

Education/Career Advice for Students:
Take advantage of every opportunity to advance your education now, while you are still young and irresponsible.


Michael P. O’Brien is president and owner of O’Brien Realty, one of the top 100 realty firms nationally, according to Real Estate Trends Magazine.  The company employs approximately 200 people and is engaged in residential land development, commercial site development, and real estate brokerage.  O’Brien also heads up 1st Choice Mortgage, LLC and Bridgeview Title, LLC, providing mortgage and title services throughout Maryland.  He has been a longstanding member of the Chamber of Commerce, The Southern Maryland Navy Alliance and Patuxent Partnership.  He is a past director of Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, First Federal Savings & Loan of Annapolis, Maryland Bankcorp, Inc., and one of the organizing “Plank Holder” members of the Patuxent chapter of the Navy League of the United States.

O’Brien attended St. Mary's College of Maryland and was honored as the 1968 basketball “Most Valuable Player” under Coach Ed Cole.  He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with degrees in economics and accounting.  He served in the U.S. Army and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. Prior to becoming a real estate broker, he was a CPA who specialized in tax and SEC compliance areas with the firm Ernest & Young.  A Washington, D.C. native, he moved to Southern Maryland in 1980 and began building his company and raising his four children.  He currently divides his time between his homes on the Patuxent River and Palm Beach.  He is an avid boater, sailor, and fisherman.

O’Brien has been a faithful friend and benefactor to the College as the initial contributor establishing the College’s “Artist in Residence” program and a strong supporter of men’s basketball and scholarships.  In February of 2010, O’Brien’s contributions were recognized with the naming of the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center.  A past director of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation, he currently serves on the Joint Investment Advisory Committee.