Governor Martin O’Malley Swears in Members of the State Board of Education, University System of Maryland Board of Regents, College Savings Plans of Maryland Board and State Board of Elections


ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 2, 2009)  Governor Martin O’Malley today swore in four new members to the State Board of Education,  three members to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and also swore in two members to the College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, and a new State Board of Elections appointee.

“I am very proud to swear in this talented and dedicated group of people. They will each play an integral role in helping to shape the future of our State,” said Governor O’Malley.  “The extensive knowledge and experience they each bring to their new positions, as well as their demonstrated commitment to public service in the State of Maryland is what gives me confidence that they will each be of appreciable value in their new roles.”

The members sworn in to the various Boards today include:

State Board of Education:

Sylvester J. Gates, Jr. is a noted American theoretical physicist. Dr. Gates has been featured on NOVA PBS programs on physics, most notably “The Elegant Universe” in 2003. He is currently the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Gates received both his Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral thesis was the first thesis at MIT to deal with supersymmetry, and is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is a Prince George’s County resident.

Madhu Sidhu currently serves as the Executive Director and Program Development Manager for Character Counts!, a non-profit in Kent County. She has been actively involved in the Maryland State PTA, both as a board member and as Chair of Curriculum and Instruction. She also served as the President of Kent County High School PTSA, during which membership increased by 135%. Ms. Sidhu has devoted her life to teaching and education, both in the classroom and as a parent. She received a BA from SNDT Women’s University (India) and from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and has completed computer courses at Washington College. She is a Kent County resident.

Guffrie M. Smith, Jr. has been active in the Calvert County Public School System since 1964, and has continuously served the State of Maryland’s education system and his community. He began his career in education as teacher, eventually becoming Principal of Appeal Elementary School in Calvert County. Since that time, he has served as Calvert County Public School’s Director of Elementary Education, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director of Community Education Resource Center at Mill Creek Middle School. He received a BS in Elementary Education from Bowie State College, as well as a Masters of Education in Elementary Administration /Supervision. He is a Calvert County resident.

David H. Murray, the student appointee is a high school senior and a student at the Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. He is a member of the Prince George’s County Youth Commission, and previously served as the Student Member on the Bowie City Council Education Committee. He also served a term as President of the Maryland Association of Student Councils.

University System of Maryland Board of Regents:

Linda Gooden is the Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, a Board Member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International, and a Board Member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Gooden is a Montgomery County resident.

Dr. John L. Young is a physician at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg. He is also the founding and Managing Partner of Genetic Consultants of Maryland, and President-Elect of the Montgomery County Medical Society. Young is a Montgomery County resident.

Sarah Elfreth, being sworn in as the Student Regent, is a senior at Towson University and is majoring in Political Science with double minors in Economics and Women’s Studies. She serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Towson University Student Government Association, and is a Student-at-Large for the Towson University Senate and a former Senator.

College Savings Plans of Maryland Board:

Helene Grady is the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Baltimore. She is also a former Member of the Mount Washington Improvement Association, and former City Life Ambassador and Trolley Tour Volunteer for Live Baltimore. Ms. Grady is a Baltimore City resident.

Lewis A. Robinson is being reappointed to the Board. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association and as Chair of the Prince George’s County Labor Coalition. Mr. Robinson is a Calvert County resident.

State Board of Elections:

Rachel T. McGuckian is a principal with the law firm, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. She also serves as a Board Member for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and as a Faculty Member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Ms. McGuckian is a Montgomery County resident.


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