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For Immediate Release (01-44)
Date: June 27, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567–7952

Two New Members Named to
Montgomery College Board of Trustees
Local Attorney Stephen Kaufman and
Student Member David Ford Appointed to Panel

Stephen Z. Kaufman, a senior partner with the Silver Spring-based law firm of Linowes and Blocker, has been appointed to fill the final seat on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, as the Board completes its state-mandated, phased expansion from an eight- to ten-member body on July 1. David Ford, an honors scholar from the College’s Takoma Park Campus, also will join the Board of Trustees in July as the next student member.

Kaufman, whose principal areas of practice are municipal law, land use and eminent domain, currently serves as the assistant chair of the Urban Land Institute's Private Public Partnership Council. He is also a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. As he takes on the responsibilities of membership on the College Board of Trustees, Kaufman will continue to serve as a director of the Montgomery College Foundation Board, a post he has held since 1988.

In addition to practicing law and his public service, Kaufman, a Brookeville resident, occasionally lectures on land use law and land use planning at the Urban Land Institute, George Washington University Law Center, American University and Catholic University. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore Law School and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor of arts degree.

Ford, a Bethesda resident, will be completing his associate of applied science degree in pre-medicine and enrolling concurrently in the University of Maryland, College Park’s biological sciences program at the Shady Grove Center, in pursuit of a bachelor of science degree. He is a member of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, and is one of the first members of Montgomery College’s Millennium Scholars program for part-time students.

Members of the 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 president, faculty and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates. All members serve six-year terms, except the student member, who serves a one-year term.

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