Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Appoints Sonja Cox, of St. Mary’s County, as CSM Trustee

Sonja Cox, of St. Mary’s County, has been appointed to serve as a trustee for the College of Southern Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Sonja Cox, of St. Mary’s County, to serve the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as trustee, effective through July 1, 2024.

Cox, who has worked with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) since 1999, currently serves in the roles of its senior vice president of financial, economic and employee services and as its chief financial officer. Additionally she is vice president and treasurer of SMECO Solar LLC.

Named one of the Daily Record’s 2016 Top 100 Women of Maryland, Cox is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2010 and has served on several boards for various organizations in SMECO’s service territory. Most recently she became a board member of Southern Maryland Community Resources. Prior to her appointment as a CSM trustee, Cox was on the college’s audit committee.

“Serving as a trustee for the College of Southern Maryland is an honor,” Cox said. “Over the years and through my service on the college’s audit committee I have seen the major impact that CSM makes in our community and in growing our economy. CSM not only serves students by preparing them for future careers, but also supports our local businesses in meeting their workforce needs.”

A resident of Leonardtown, Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a master of business administration from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland.

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.

CSM’s trustees in addition to Cox are Margaret C. Dunkle, Samuel C. Jones and Jay W. Webster of Calvert County; Shawn Coates and Lois E. DiNatale of Charles County; and Theodore L. Harwood and Dr. John W. Roache of St. Mary’s County. Serving as secretary/treasurer to the board is CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy.  For information about the college’s leadership, visit

A regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community, CSM serves more than 23,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses located in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick, as well as a Higher Education Center shared with University of Maryland University College in Waldorf and a Center for Transportation Training in La Plata. For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or visit

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