CSM Foundation Board Announces New Directors

J. Harry Norris, Rosemary Keffler, Candice Quinn Kelly Support College’s Efforts

The College of Southern Maryland announces the appointment of three new directors to the College of Southern Maryland Foundation Board. J. Harry Norris, Rosemary Keffler and Candice Quinn Kelly join the Foundation's efforts to promote academic excellence, growth, progress and the general welfare of the college by raising and managing funds, and by providing support to strengthen and develop the college and its objectives.

“The CSM Foundation's continued success is due to the generous donations of time and commitment that our board chairs and directors provide to the college. The members champion the needs of the college and our students to the community, and ensure that the dreams and goals of our students are put into closer reach,” said Jane Loughran, CSM's director of development. “Each new director bringing a unique personal, business and community experience that is vital to the Foundation's future success,” she added.

J. Harry Norris III graduated from CSM with an associate's degree in general studies before studying English at Towson State University. He is the owner of Main Street Appraisals, and his employees have benefited from the college's computer and appraisal classes. As a long-time resident of Southern Maryland and mayor of Leonardtown, Norris understands the importance of CSM to the town's residents and businesses.

“One of the best investments Leonardtown ever made was to use the $200,000 they had saved up for a new town hall to help the college obtain the Hollywood Road site. I live down the street from the college and have watched it grow… Students are hanging around after classes and taking advantage of the beauty and location of the campus. The students are proud to be CSM students and they show pride in the way their campus looks and feels,” said Norris.

In addition to running his own business and the town of Leonardtown, Norris serves on the board of directors for the Leonardtown Chamber of Commerce and Leonardtown Recreation, Inc.

Although a fairly new resident, Rosemary Keffler is excited to begin her term as a CSM Foundation Board director. “I am eager to use my experience in estate planning to assist the college in developing and implementing lifetime giving opportunities for the community,” said Keffler. An associate attorney with Davis, Upton & Palumbo, LLC, Keffler is a former IRS employee and has a legal background in estate planning, real estate and business law.

She earned a bachelor's of arts in human resources management from the Catholic University of America before attending the University of Baltimore School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the Calvert County Bar Association, the Huntingtown Elementary School PTA and Jesus the Divine Word Parish.

Candice Quinn Kelly, owner of Waldorf's Maredith Management, LLC and a former Charles County Commissioner, understands first-hand the value of education that is locally accessible. “I know how important it was to me to be able to pursue my educational interests while ensuring that my children received the education and care they needed from me. Education is the great equalizer. One of the things I really appreciate about CSM is how serious they are about encouraging continuing education and distance learning opportunities for parents and working professionals,” said Quinn Kelly, who recently worked with the CSM Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center.

“I am so thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to work with CSM's incredible staff again; their professionalism on any task makes it easy to succeed and I expect the community will be seeing great things from them in the future,” “Quinn Kelly said.

In the last few years, the CSM Foundation has raised:

  • More than $500,000 in private funds to build the St. Charles Children's Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus.
  • More than $200,000 in support of athletic equipment and programs.
  • $600,000 in scholarships for CSM students.
  • $550,000 in matching funds for technology.

For information on the CSM Foundation call 301-934-7604 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7604 or visit http://www.csmd.edu/alumni_foundation/.