Adelphi, MD and Baltimore, MD (March 16, 2016) — University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret has appointed J. Thomas Sadowski Jr. as USM’s vice chancellor for economic development. Sadowski, currently president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB), will join USM on May 2, 2016.
“The University System of Maryland is a major driver of the state’s economic development,” said Chancellor Caret. “We created this vice chancellor position to build on USM’s success in this area and to enable the system to focus its expertise, programs, and resources even more sharply and strategically on the state’s economic development priorities.
“As our new vice chancellor, Tom Sadowski will bring more than 25 years of successful experience in economic development. He knows how to build partnerships and leverage resources to develop and achieve goals. Thanks to his work with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and similar organizations in two Maryland counties, he can hit the ground running.”
Sadowski has served as president and CEO of the EAGB since 2008, and has conducted strategic marketing and sales missions to major U.S. markets, focused on growing and attracting companies to the region, and used federal and state grant dollars to create programs supporting innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship in coordination with universities and federal agencies. He also served as EAGB’s executive vice president from 2006 to 2008.
“Tom Sadowski has led the EAGB to unprecedented success during his tenure and we are excited that he will be applying his expertise and commitment to a state-wide economic development role,” said Augie Chiasera, chairman of the EAGB, and regional president for M&T Bank. “The EAGB is a partnership of industry, government, and higher education and as such USM and other members of Baltimore’s higher education community serve on the EAGB board of directors. This new position will allow Tom to deepen the University System’s partnership with the EAGB in support of its efforts on behalf of Greater Baltimore.”
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