The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation announces that Dexter Bordes has joined the Foundation’s board as its newest director. A resident of Fort Washington, Bordes is a local real estate developer and owner of DM&T Development.
“I have learned a lot in the few meetings I have attended,” Bordes said. “I am very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the board members and I am proud to be a part of the CSM Foundation.”
The CSM Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 1970, helps increase access to higher education at CSM through scholarship funding and assures the excellence of that education by raising and managing funds for college projects and objectives. The CSM Foundation is comprised of a tri-county, all-volunteer board of directors.
“We welcome Dexter’s knowledge and expertise as it relates to the CSM Foundation board’s fundraising support and supporting the college’s workforce development initiatives,” said CSM Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement Michelle Goodwin.
As a local businessman, Bordes noted that he sees CSM as an integral part of the region worth his attention and participation.
“CSM is very important to the region’s growth in businesses,” he said. “As CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy mentioned at the last board meeting, we must retain the students that matriculate at CSM through graduation and beyond. “There has to be stronger integration of four-year, STEM-type programs in place to create a labor force for highly technical jobs.”
Every business leader operating in the region is connected to CSM, directly or indirectly, he said. “Most of the employees have had courses or have a degree from CSM.”
Bordes began his career with The Boeing Corporation in 1985 and progressed through the ranks as an operational manager, culminating into senior executive leadership. While working in Boeing’s Fighter Aircraft Division in St. Louis, Missouri, he was responsible for aircraft production and assembly. In 1995, he moved to Naval Aircraft Station Patuxent River as a program manager and had responsibility for flight test programs such as the F18 Super Hornet, V-22 Tiltrotor and other aerospace programs.
At that point, Bordes pivoted in his career and started his real estate development firm DM&T Development in Waldorf — work that Bordes describes as his “life’s passion.”
His subsequent work as a consultant, buyer, seller, partner and developer enhanced his ability to achieve market, client and community goals, as well as offer cost-effective and creative solutions to real estate opportunities. His company has developed projects in Alexandria, Virginia.; Washington, D.C.; and Charles County – focusing on commercial office space and apartments.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Tennessee State University, School of Business in Nashville and a master of business administration degree from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. In addition, he has completed real estate development graduate level courses at George Washington University.
Bordes serves as president of the West Lake Business Association in Waldorf, on the Economic Development of Charles County Board of Directors, with the Conservancy of Prince George’s County and Matthews-Dickey Boys Club and formerly on the Alfred Street Baptist Church Board of Trustees.
He enjoys golf, fishing, reading and cycling.
“I believe the College of Southern Maryland’s educational programs and the business community are interconnected,” Bordes said. “We should seek opportunities to create public/private partnerships in pursuit of a better ecosystem for the entire Southern Maryland region. At the same time, the college has an obligation to the business community to provide intellectual resources to grow and sustain businesses in the community.”
Bordes is married to Marilyn Coleman-Bordes, a dentist who owns St. Charles Family Dental in Waldorf. The couple has one daughter, Taylor Alexandra Bordes, a sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta.
For information about the CSM Foundation, visit http://foundation.csmd.edu.