Board of Trustees

    Board Members




    Kurt L. Schmoke, Esq., Chair
    Kurt L. Schmoke, Esq., was born in Baltimore. Attended Baltimore public schools; Baltimore City College; Yale University, B.A. (history), 1971. Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), Dipl., 1973; Harvard University School of Law, J.D., 1976. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1976; Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1987-99. Currently, he is President, University of Baltimore since July 7, 2014.

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    Rosemary Gillett-Karam, Ph.D., Vice Chair
    Dr. Gillett-Karam is professor and program director of the School of Education and Urban Studies for the Department of Advanced Studies at Morgan State University. She previously served as President of Louisburg College in North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
    John Carroll Weiss III (J. C. Weiss III)
    Mr. J. C. Weiss was born in Baltimore. Professor Weiss is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Baltimore with a vast amount of venture capital industry experience and passion for social entrepreneurship. His professional experience includes founding and co-founding several organizations and businesses, served in their leadership positions and successfully leading one of those firms company through a public stock offering and listing on the NASDAQ.



     Maria Tildon, Esq. 
    Ms. Maria Harris Tildon Is senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) where she has also served as vice president of corporate communications and senior vice-president of external affairs. Prior to joining BCBS, Ms. Tildon served as deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs and other executive positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and her J.D. from American University, Washington School of Law.



    Robert L. Wallace
    Mr. Wallace graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Mr. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, business consultant and internationally-known keynote speaker and the founder of three companies - BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc., BITHENERGY, Inc., and EntreTeach Learning Systems, LLC.




    Tom Geddes
    Mr. Tom Geddes was born and raised in England and came to the United States as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After graduating with highest honors and highest distinction, Mr. Geddes went on to earn Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge, England, and Johns Hopkins University, as well as a management certificate from the Georgetown University School of Public Policy. Mr. Geddes is the CEO of Plank Industries.



    Jason Perkins-Cohen (Ex-Officio)
    Mr. Perkins-Cohen was born in Baltimore and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Perkins-Cohen developed and assisted in the creation of a wide range of workforce programs both sector-specific and targeted to those that have barriers to employment. Mr. Perkins-Cohen is currently the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED).



    John David Merrill (J. D. Merrill) (Ex-Officio)
    Mr. J. D. Merrill is a 2009 graduate of Baltimore City College High School, and a 2013 graduate of Davidson College where his field of study was Educational Policy Studies. He also holds Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education. Mr. Merrill currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at Baltimore City Public Schools.