The University System of Maryland’s governing body has been in the spotlight during the fallout surrounding the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair and a damning investigation into the university’s football program.
The Board of Regents’ decision to keep coach DJ Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans in their jobs drew widespread criticism, including from Gov. Larry Hogan. University President Wallace Loh also said he would retire at the end of the school year, and a day later fired Durkin — reversing the regents’ decision.
James Brady, the board’s chairman, appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan, resigned last week after the controversy. In his place, vice chairman Barry Gossett Jr. will serve as interim chairman.
The now 16 regents — who are not paid — oversaw not only the investigation into the team’s culture, but also a review of athletic department protocols and procedures on May 29 — the day offensive lineman Jordan McNair fell ill during a football practice in College Park. The 19-year-old athlete died about two weeks later.
Both reports paint a troubling picture of the athletics department at the state’s flagship university.
The investigation into the team’s culture determined that the football program “fostered a culture where problems festered because too many players feared speaking out.” It detailed stories of the physical and mental degradation of football players within an athletics department that lacked the systems to root out abuse.
And the other review — carried out by sports medicine consultant Dr. Rod Walters — determined that trainers made a host of errors May 29, including failing to immerse McNair in cold water, which experts say could’ve saved his life.
All of the regents’ deliberations were private. So who were the people discussing Maryland football’s future behind closed doors?
James T. Brady
Brady, who has since resigned, served on the board since 2015. He was secretary of Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development during the late 1990s. He was also the campaign chairman for Gov. Larry Hogan and served as co-chair of the Republican’s transition team. He was appointed to the board by Hogan.
Barry P. Gossett
Gossett, the Board of Regents vice-chair, has served on the board since 2007. He is the retired CEO of Baltimore-based Acton Mobile Industries, which supplies mobile offices, construction trailers and modular buildings. He has multiple connections to the University of Maryland, College Park and its football program. Gossett is an alumnus of the school and co-chair of the Fearless Ideas Campaign for the state flagship. Gossett, along with his wife, Mary, gave $10 million in 2007 to build the football team house that now bears their name. Gossett was appointed by former Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Gary L. Attman
Attman, the Board of Regents treasurer, has served on the board since 2009. He is the CEO of FutureCare Health and Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1985. He also graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was appointed by O’Malley.
Gooden, the Board of Regents assistant treasurer, has served on the board since 2009. She is the retired executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services. She has served on the executive boards of two University of Maryland colleges: the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Electronic Markets & Enterprises. She was appointed by O’Malley.
Michelle A. Gourdine
Gourdine, the Board of Regents secretary, has served on the board since 2015. She is a physician and health policy expert who serves as CEO of Michelle Gourdine & Associates, a health consulting firm that develops strategies to improve the well-being of women, people of color, and under-served groups. She is also the former Maryland deputy secretary of health for the state of Maryland, and former Baltimore County health commissioner. She was appointed by Hogan.
Robert D. Rauch
Rauch, the Board of Regents assistant secretary, has served on the board since 2013. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in engineering. He served for six years as director of public works and Talbot County engineer before moving to the private sector. He’s still a registered engineer in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Rauch is a Hogan appointee to the board.
Bartenfelder was appointed to the board in 2014. Hogan named him as Maryland’s secretary of agriculture the year before. Bartenfelder has been a full-time farmer and small-business man for more than 35 years. He previously served on the Baltimore County Council and chaired the county’s Spending Affordability Committee. He was a member of the House of Delegates from 1983 to 1994. Hogan appointed him to the board.
Katrina J. Dennis, Esq.
Dennis was appointed to the board in 2017. She is a partner in the Baltimore office of the Saul Ewing LLP law firm. She represents employers in a broad range of employment matters, along with representing higher education institutions on issues such as Title IX, Title VII and other state and federal discrimination statutes. Hogan appointed Dennis to the Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission and the Board of Regents.
Fish was appointed to the board in 2016. She serves as Hamilton Bank's executive vice president and chief lending officer. She has previously served in a slew of board of director positions, including at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Towson University Foundation and the Women's Leadership Education Initiative for Virginia Tech.
Holzapfel was appointed to the board in 2016. He is the managing director of investments with the Holzapfel Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1971. He has served as president of the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Hagerstown Commercial Industrial Commission and president of the Washington County Public School Foundation. He is a Hogan appointee.
Johnson has served on the board since 2016. She has been a partner with the Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata LLP law firm since 2002. She has practiced law for more than 40 years. She has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Huntington Woods Property Owners Association. She is also on the Board of Directors for Bello Machre, which provides residential and community-based services to individuals with developmental delays. Hogan appointed Johnson to the board.
Neall was appointed to the board in 2015 by Hogan. He is the Maryland health department secretary and a senior adviser to Hogan. He is the former chairman of the Maryland Higher Education Labor Relations Board. Neall served as a member of the state Senate from 1996 to 2003 and in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1975 to 1987. He was Anne Arundel county executive from 1990 to 1994.
Pevenstein was appointed to the board in 2015 by Hogan, but he previously served on the Board of Regents from 2003 to 2008. He was a chief financial officer for 20 years, concluding at UNC, formerly United Nuclear Corp., an aviation services and manufacturing company. He also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park
Pope has served on the board since 2016. He is the president of Century 21 Trademark Realty Inc., a real estate company with offices in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the former vice chairman of the Republican National Committee and chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, as well as chairman of the RNC National Budget Committee. Hogan appointed Pope to the board.
Wallace has been on the board since July 2018. He is a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee board, Maryland Economic Development Commission and Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is currently chair of The President's Roundtable, an organization made of regional CEOs of black-owned companies. Wallace was appointed by Hogan.
Wood has served on the board since February 2018, but previously served in 1999. He is the founding president of the University of Maryland College Park Alumni Association. He graduated from the state flagship and has been a lawyer for over 40 years. He founded Wood Law Offices in Rockville. Wood is the former president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. Hogan appointed Wood to the board.
Frazier is the student member of the Board of Regents. He a senior at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, where he is pursuing a degree in PGA Golf Management, with an emphasis in hospitality and tourism management.