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Ventures Summer 2019

Ventures Summer 2019

Date: Jun 18, 2019

Stevenson University President Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.

The week of May 20 brought thousands of people to Stevenson to celebrate and honor our graduates during our Baccalaureate, Nurses’ Pinning, and Commencement ceremonies. As I looked out across the crowds gathered to mark these milestones, there was pride, some tears, and certainly quite a few cheers and shouts. However, behind them all were thoughts and reflections on hard-won accomplishments and the memories of the people and the experiences that shaped a new generation of Stevenson graduates.

In this issue of Ventures, we take a closer look at some of the ways our university community supports our students’ success and creates pathways to their achievement. One powerful example is the experience of our Mock Trial team. Our feature article gives you a detailed look at their successful rise that now positions them for national-level competition. Growing out of our Legal Studies program, Mock Trial brings the curricular and the co-curricular together in a truly exceptional way. The tireless dedication of faculty mentors and the spirit of teamwork are key, and our students are now competing against some of the best Mock Trial teams in the nation—and honing their legal skills in the process.

We also acknowledge the incredible successes of our alumni, faculty, and student-athletes in this summer issue of Ventures. We have an alumnus working for the nation’s tech giants to envision the way technology will transform our daily lives; faculty whose research and scholarship are adding to our students’ understanding of the world; and an NCAA All-Time Record Holder on the men’s volleyball team.

As we close out one academic year, salute our newest alumni, and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 this fall, I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer.

It truly is a great day to be a Mustang.

Retiring administration members and the new leaders taking the positions

The spring 2019 semester saw the arrival of new leaders as well as the retirement of several university and academic administrators at Stevenson.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Campbell will retire in August after serving Stevenson for the past 21 years. The Philadelphia native—known for his late-90s flip-phone and love of football—joined Villa Julie College in May 1998 after serving as Vice President at UNC Aviation Services in California and Annapolis, Md. He recalls being interviewed by President Carolyn Manuszak, Dean Rose Dawson, and dog Cora. Soon afterward, President Manuszak offered him the job and asked him to show up the next day. “I was afraid not to take the job,” he said.

He recalls reporting for work on May 18, one day before Spring Commencement, with the expectation that he would walk in the procession, something far from his experience at that time. Even then, he notes, Villa Julie was beginning to imagine its future as a larger residential college, and with the arrival of President Kevin Manning, the trajectory of Campbell’s career became clearer—helping to manage the planning and execution of the real estate acquisitions and construction that would create the future Stevenson University.

From building a residential campus and collegiate stadium and athletic complex on what was the former site of the Colts and Ravens NFL training facility to renovating a former pharmaceutical company site for state-of-the-art academic facilities for the sciences, nursing, and design—these are just some of the accomplishments for which Campbell will be known. Not to forget negotiating the acquisition of the Rosewood site for future use by Stevenson.

Campbell’s connections to Stevenson run deep. Two of his children, Erin and Tim, graduated from Stevenson, and in 2012 he was honored with the President’s Medal for his tireless dedication to the university. His work to grow Mustang athletics earned him an induction into the Dick Watts Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Now, with two campuses, 290 acres, and 1.4 million square feet of buildings under his belt, Campbell is still awed by the progress. “Absolutely, I never thought we would get so far so fast.” Campbell says “just being part of it” has been the highlight of his career. The former college football player in him clearly comes through—it’s not about him, it’s about all the players. “I am proud of being part of a team; everybody has pulled together to create this university.”

Alan Carswell, Ph.D., has been named the Interim Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership effective July 1, succeeding Aris Melissaratos, who has lead the Brown School since 2014. Carswell has served as the Geckle Professor and Chair of the Information Systems Department at Stevenson since 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Northwestern, an MBA from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland College Park, and previously served as the Vice Dean of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Department in the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College. 

Melissaratos—who has had a distinguished five-decade-long career in technology, business, and economic development— raised the visibility of the Brown School by networking with his extensive corporate and government contacts in the Baltimore-Washington region. He also brought the region’s thought, economic, and political leaders to Stevenson through two Maryland Rising conferences held on the Owings Mills campus. This visibility has meant more internship and career opportunities for SU students. Under his leadership, the Brown School added a bachelor’s program in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics and was named an Educational Member of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), affirming the School’s commitment to excellence in business education.

This spring and summer, Stevenson welcomed two new vice presidents. In January, David C. Jordan joined the university as the new Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator. Jordan had previously served as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Howard Community College, and Director of Human Resources at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He succeeds Pamela L. A. Barkett, former Vice President of Human Resources, who retired in January 2019 after three years of service to the university. Barkett brought 25 years of managerial and supervisory experience to her position, including extensive work in higher education human resources for Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina, and Furman University. Barkett’s lengthy career in human resources and extensive experience in Title IX compliance and diversity and inclusion were invaluable to the institution.

Michael Stanton, CPA, has been appointed Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, and will be joining Stevenson for the start of the fall 2019 semester. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President for Administration and CFO for Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. He previously served as the Controller for the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Accounting for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, providing financial operations oversight for this nonprofit college savings and loans operation.

Students visiting the new Garrison Coffee House

Following the opening of the Garrison Student Activities Commons and Reading Room last fall, another transformation has come to Garrison Hall—the new Garrison Coffee House celebrated its grand opening on April 17. There’s nothing like the smell of coffee greeting you on the way to the Academic Link or Office of Student Success. Better yet, the Garrison Coffee House is proudly serving Starbucks, so there is a variety of coffee, tea, and other refreshments to satisfy all tastes.

Watch the Coffee House opening at

New Chair of the Board of Trustees, T. Scott Pugatch, and James B. Stradtner, CFA, current Chair

On May 9, the Stevenson Board of Trustees elected T. Scott Pugatch as Chair of the Board. He succeeds James B. Stradtner, CFA, Managing Partner at Century Private Investments and the Chairman of Baltimore Capital Management, who has served on the Board since 2002 and was appointed Chair in 2005. Stradtner not only provided leadership through a time of presidential transition but was a standard-bearer for the advancement of good governance. Under his guidance, the Board established a Governance Committee responsible for, among other items, Board recruitment and Board evaluation. For his outstanding commitment to Stevenson’s success, he was honored with the President’s Medal during the May Commencement ceremonies.

Pugatch is a second-generation Trustee, and his father, the late Melvyn Pugatch, served on the Board for 20 years. First elected to the Board in 2000, Pugatch has served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit, Finance, and Property Committee since 2016. In addition, he served as chair of the Trustee component of the Inspiring Students, Building Careers campaign. He is president of Greenhill Properties, Inc., a diversified real estate development, investment, management and consultation organization; and president of Convalescent Homes, Inc., owner and operator of health care facilities.

President Hirshman and Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger, President of Ner Israel Rabbinical College

Stevenson University has partnered with Baltimore’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College to create a two-year program—designed specifically for Ner Israel students—that allows them to complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Pre-Med focus and a minor in Medical Humanities, while accommodating their studies at Ner Israel.

“This is an innovative partnership that lets Ner Israel students take advantage of the best of what both of our institutions offer,” said President Elliot Hirshman. “The students will earn a B.A. in Talmudic Studies from Ner Israel and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stevenson. The students will also benefit from our pre-health advising, faculty mentoring, career preparation focus, and internships that will set the stage for graduate education.”

Ner Israel Rabbinical College is a world-renowned 85-year-old Yeshiva based in Pikesville, Md., that trains Talmudic scholars who become rabbis and educators as well as pursue careers in other professions.

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