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College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program Presents Rushern Baker Lecture
College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program Presents Rushern Baker Lecture


The following information was sent to us by Greig Stewart:

College Park Scholars Public Leadership program will welcome Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern Baker, to speak to students on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tyser Auditorium in Van Munching Hall on the campus of the University of Maryland. CAFÉ, The Cultural Academy of Excellence, will perform after the lecture. Baker’s presentation is the first lecture of the College Park Scholars 2011-2012 Lecture Series


Baker has held a variety of leadership positions throughout the public sector. After graduating from Howard University with a Juris Doctorate in 1986, Baker worked in the office of U.S. Senator John Kerry, the District of Columbia’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and as a legal counsel to the Peoples Involvement Corporation, a nonprofit community development and social services organization. In 1988, he became a senior partner at Baker & Perry, where he worked until his swearing-in as County Executive in 2010.


As a political leader, Baker has served on the Environmental Matters, Judiciary and Appropriates Committee for District 22 of the Maryland House of Delegates as well as chairman of the Prince George’s County delegation. Baker was elected the seventh county executive of Prince George’s County in 2010. As county executive, Baker has prioritized issues such as economic development, education, public safety, the environment, transportation and sustainability.


CAFÉ, the group to perform after Baker’s lecture, is a youth-based program that uses the performing arts as the catalyst to develop the passion and discipline for learning, leadership and academic achievement. In 2010, Professor Robert Grimm’s Public Leadership class, “The Science and Art of Philanthropy,” awarded a $10,000 grant to CAFÉ.


RSVP for the event with Ian Feller at ianfeller@comcast.net. Dress is business casual.


The College Park Lecture Series, in its second year, aims to provide students from all Scholars programs the opportunity to learn what other students are learning and examining in their Scholars colloquia and supporting classwork through innovative lectures from community leaders. All events are open to the public. The fall semester schedule includes:



  • College Park Scholars Arts Presents: David C. Driskell, “Creative Spirit: The Art of David C. Driskell.”  Monday, November 7, 6-8 p.m. Driskell Center, Cole Student Activities Building.
  • College Park Scholars Environment, Technology & Economy and Business, Society & the Economy programs, and the Environmental Science and Policy program Present: “Stirring it Up: How to Make Money and Save the World” with Gary Hirshberg, ‘CE-Yo’ of Stonyfield Farm, world’s leading organic yogurt producer. Wednesday, November 9, 4:30 p.m.  0130 Tydings Hall.


College Park Scholars is a community of interdisciplinary living-learning programs for academically talented first- and second-year students. Each program focuses on a specific theme and offers specially designed courses and experiences.