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Date: June 26, 2003 (03-54)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Honors Student/Classical Pianist Joins Montgomery College Trustees
Silver Spring Resident and Rockville Campus Student Ryan McGoff Begins Term July 1

            Montgomery College student Ryan McGoff, a member of both the Montgomery Scholars and Macklin Business Institute honors programs, has been appointed to a one-year term as the student representative on the community college’s Board of Trustees.  McGoff, who attends the Rockville Campus and is on the Dean’s List, will fill the seat currently held by Fatema Malik, whose term as the student trustee expires on July 1.

            As a rising sophomore in the Montgomery Scholars program, McGoff will depart on Sunday, July 6, for England.  He and his 22 fellow scholars will study for a month at the Cambridge University International Summer School.

During his first year at the college, McGoff helped found a new student organization called the Honor Network.  Its purpose is to increase awareness of the Honors Program at Montgomery College and increase student involvement in honors classes.

            In his spare time, McGoff develops his skills on the piano.  He is a classically trained pianist with two Jazz-Fusion cds to his name.  He acted as both producer and composer on those releases.  Last year, he even won the Montgomery County Students Against Drunk Driving “Battle of the Bands” competition. 

            Meanwhile, Board of Trustees member Gene W. Counihan was recently re-appointed to his second six-year term.  First appointed in 1997, Counihan is the Maryland Government Relations Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority advising WMATA Board and management on matters involving State and local government in Maryland.

Counihan, a resident of Montgomery Village, is a former member of the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates.  He holds a B.S. in Education and Mathematics from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in Administration and Psychology from American University.  

            The Montgomery College Board of Trustees recently elected its new slate of officers for the next year.  Counihan will serve a one-year term as chair of the Board.  Dr. Sylvia Crowder was elected as first vice chair and Ms. Roberta F. Shulman as second vice chair.

            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 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 for one year.

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