Our President

Dr. Maureen Murphy

Dr. Maureen Murphy

President of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) since July 1, 2017, Dr. Maureen Murphy has been connected with community colleges for nearly 30 years including a decade as a community college president.

Most recently, Murphy served as president of Brookdale Community College, a multi-campus community college in New Jersey, where she forged partnerships with community organizations, school districts, business and industry, donors and other higher education institutions. Among her initiatives were developing early college high school programs, launching a College Promise program for free tuition for all qualified graduates and spearheading a Minority Male Conference to support the academic achievement of minority male students.

Before her appointment at Brookdale in 2012, she served as president of San Jacinto College South in Houston, Texas, and as vice president at both Rappahannock Community College and Wytheville Community College in Virginia. Murphy began her career teaching English at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, where she later served as a dean. Murphy has been an active member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges since 1995, and has served on the national board including two years as president since 2007.

She has received numerous awards including the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by Phi Theta Kappa, the Distinguished Corporate Leadership Award by the Greater Red Bank NAACP and the Carolyn DesJardins CEO of the Year Award by AAWCC. Currently, Murphy is on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges, the national organization representing more than 1,100 colleges.

Murphy earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Louisville, her master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri – Columbia and her doctorate in American Studies from Saint Louis University.

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President's Council

Dr. Eileen D. Abel
Vice President of Academic Affairs (DAA)

Responsible for: All credit programs, academic divisions, academic planning, and assessment

Dr. Bill L. Comey
Vice President of Operations and Planning (OPP)

Responsible for: All college-wide planning and research functions, all functions necessary for daily campus operations (technology, public safety, scheduling, and facilities)

Michelle L. Goodwin
Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement (ADV)

Responsible for: Governmental and media relations, CSM Foundation, fundraising and alumni relations, grants, marketing and communications

Dr. Tracy A. Harris
Vice President of Student Equity and Success (SES)

Responsible for: Recruitment, admissions, registration, financial assistance, advising and counseling, special population services, student life, and athletics

Tony R. Jernigan, CPA
Vice President of Financial Services

Responsible for: All college financial functions, plus auxiliary and public services, which includes the Charles County Mediation Center and the future Velocity Center

Ellen Flowers-Fields
Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CWD)

Responsible for: All non-credit continuing education programs, Workforce Development, Community Education, Maryland Center for Environmental Training, Small Business Development Center, WorkForce Center, and the Nonprofit Institute

Craig W. Patenaude, Esq.
General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development (HRO)

Responsible for: Legal affairs, human resources, risk management/compliance, and diversity and inclusion