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Governor Ehrlich Approves Appointment of Three New Trustees to St. Mary's College's Board

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Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. recently approved the appointment of three new members to St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Board of Trustees. Reginald Brown, recently retired senior executive officer for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness with the U.S. Department of Defense; Gary Jobson, a champion sailor and editor of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines; and Mike O’Brien, president of O’Brien Realty in California, Md., were confirmed by Governor Ehrlich in October.

Trustees, who generally serve a six-year term, are responsible for reviewing all policy and procedures of St. Mary’s College including finances, personnel, curriculum, and fund raising. “It is a huge honor and responsibility to be appointed to the board,” said Michael Freeman, vice president and dean of the College. “Trustees are involved in overseeing all aspects of the College. We look for people who can lend expertise, people who are accomplished, and people with an interest in the College. We are pleased to welcome our three new appointees to the board.”

Reginald J. Brown recently retired as the senior executive officer for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Upon his retirement from that position, he received the Army decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award.

In his more than 40 years of service to the United States, Brown served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for the Near East, and as assistant administrator for Program Policy and Coordination. He is a graduate of West Point and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1971. Brown’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Gary Jobson is a champion sailor and America’s Cup-winning tactician. He became ESPN’s sailing commentator in 1985. While covering the Cup and producing as many as 30 shows a year, he also covered Olympic sailing for NBC, winning an Emmy Award for his work in Korea in 1988. He recently covered sailing at the Athens Games in 2004. Author of 13 books on sailing, Jobson is editor-at-large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. Jobson coached sailing at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. He was tactician for Ted Turner on Courageous during the team’s successful defense of the America’s Cup in 1977 and also during the 1980 defender trials. In 1999, the United States Sailing Association awarded Jobson the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy - its most prestigious award - for his contributions to the sport of sailing.

Michael P. O’Brien is president and owner of O’Brien Realty, in California, Md. He attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with degrees

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