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Date: March 6, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Two Trustees Appointed to Montgomery College Board
Former Montgomery County Board of Education Member Reginald Felton Named to Six-Year Term; Attorney Stephen Kaufman Appointed for Second Term

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    Reginald M. Felton, director of federal relations at the National School Boards Association and former Montgomery County Board of Education member, has been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve a six-year term on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Also, Stephen Z. Kaufman, a senior partner with the law firm Linowes and Blocher, was re-appointed to a second six-year term. Both Felton and Kaufman’s terms will begin on July 1, 2007.

    At the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Felton develops and implements comprehensive legislative strategies that represent the interests of local school boards and NSBA at the federal level. Prior to NSBA, Felton was a senior executive with the U.S. Department of the Navy. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Felton, a Chevy Chase resident, holds a Master of Science in urban studies from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Howard University.

    From 1994 to 2004, Felton served as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, helping oversee one of the nation’s largest school systems. Board members elected him as president in 1996, 1998 and 2001. Felton also served his community as mayor and commissioner of Highland Beach, Md., and as president of the Silver Spring Center Citizens Advisory Board and Silver Spring Armory Citizens Advisory Board.

    Kaufman, a Brookeville resident, has served on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees since 2001. He joined Linowes and Blocher LLP in 1973, after serving as the assistant county attorney for two years in Montgomery County. Kaufman’s specializes in the areas of municipal law, land use and eminent domain. Kaufman earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland.

    Previously, Kaufman taught law as an adjunct professor at the George Washington Law Center for Land Use and Planning. He also served on the Subcommittee on the Revision of Planning and Zoning Legislation for the State of Maryland and the Real Estate Advisor Group of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Outside of his duties as a member of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, Kaufman serves on the University of Baltimore Law School Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.

    Members of the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor of Maryland, exercise general oversight for the College and are empowered to establish policies for implementing the College’s mission.

    The Board’s responsibilities include setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the College president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates. Members serve six-year terms, with the exception of the student member, who serves for one year.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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