Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Jose M. Gonzalez of Charles County to serve the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as trustee, effective July 1, 2020 through 2024.
Gonzalez has a distinguished record of public service that includes more than 30 years of experience in weapon systems development and acquisition for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). As a member of DoD’s Senior Executive Service, he oversaw major defense acquisition programs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense valued at more than $70 billion annually. He was awarded the Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive in 2018.
“I am honored for this opportunity to serve,” shared Gonzalez. “CSM plays a vital role in the future of our community and its citizens.”
Gonzalez received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a graduate of the Leadership for a Democratic Society program from the Federal Executive Institute.
Gonzalez is a 30-year resident of Charles County, where he lives in La Plata with his wife Margie and neighboring daughters Jessica, Holly and grandchildren.
CSM’s trustees also include: Jay Webster, Samuel C. Jones, and Christy Lombardi of Calvert County; Shawn Coates and Cordelia Postell of Charles County; and Ken Abell, Dr. John W. Roache and Sonja Cox of St. Mary’s County. Serving as secretary/treasurer to the board is CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy and as Senior Executive Associate to the board is Larisa Pfeiffer. For information about the college’s leadership, visit https://www.csmd.edu/about/leadership/.
CSM’s Board of Trustees is the governing body providing leadership and oversight of the college’s mission and policies. Members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms. The board consists of nine members, with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties equally represented. The chair and vice chair are selected by the trustees among themselves annually.