BALTIMORE, Md., March 7, 2014 — The Steering Committee of The University of Maryland, MPowering the State has named Teresa LaMaster, JD, MA, executive director, MPowering the State. In this newly created position, LaMaster will work to advance the growing educational and research collaboration between MPower’s two partner universities, The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).
Launched in March 2012, MPower has developed many fruitful collaborations, providing enhanced educational opportunities, strengthening research programs, accelerating commercialization of scientific advances, and creating new jobs. Just a few of these include:
- UM Ventures, building and nurturing startup companies, and commercializing new technology
- The Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB), applying major advances in computer power to address grand challenges in genomics, health records management and translational science development
- The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to foster integrated cross-disciplinary team approaches to scientific discovery
- The Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI), modernizing and improving the way drugs and medical devices are reviewed and evaluated
- The Collaborative School of Public Health, greatly enhancing the educational opportunities for public health students, using technology to provide more breadth and depth in course offerings
- Legal Education in College Park, providing undergraduate law training, and developing plans to provide a Master of Science in Law program for non-legal professionals
- Agriculture Law Education Initiative, providing agriculture law resources to Maryland farmers and educational resources on agriculture law to the Maryland bar.
“In less than two years we have shown how productive our partnership can be,” says UMCP President Wallace D. Loh, PhD. “As MPower continues to expand, the need for greater leadership to coordinate our efforts becomes even more critical.”
“Teresa’s long list of accomplishments over eleven years in leadership positions at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law speaks volumes about her ability to forge relationships and lead teams to achieve mutual goals,” says UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD. “Under her guidance, I expect our MPower initiative to yield even greater success.”
Prior to joining UMB in 2003, LaMaster worked as a business and intellectual property litigator in private practice with the firms Miles & Stockbridge, P.A., and Bowie & Jensen, LLC. At Carey Law, she has served as the managing director of its nationally recognized clinical law program, associate dean for institutional advancement, and associate dean for planning and external affairs. She worked with two law school deans to lead the highly successful $50M Making an Impact Campaign and secure the law school’s $30M naming gift from the W. P. Carey Foundation. Most recently, she helped develop MPower’s program for legal education in College Park, the nascent Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and plans to institute a master of science in law program. In addition to her new role with MPowering the State, LaMaster has been appointed as advisor for institutional effectiveness to the chief operating and chief research and academic officers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
“MPowering the State is already producing important educational and economic impact in Maryland,” says LaMaster. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to help MPower produce even more and deeply honored by the trust placed in me by these two great universities.”
About MPowering the State
The University of Maryland: MPowering the State brings together two universities of distinction to form a new collaborative partnership. Harnessing the resources of each, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will focus the collective expertise on critical statewide issues of public health, biomedical informatics, and bioengineering. This collaboration will drive an even greater impact on the state, its economy, the job market, and the next generation of innovators. The joint initiatives will have a profound effect on productivity, the economy, and the very fabric of higher education.
Crystal Brown (UMD) Alex Likowski (UMB)