As an organization serving Maryland and supported by federal and state funding, we are charged with ensuring that our research, education, and outreach efforts are carried out in the most effective way possible. To that end, Maryland Sea Grant maintains a governance and advisory structure that provides crucial oversight and guidance.

Through its many components, our governance structure:

  • Strengthens essential linkages
  • Maintains clear programmatic identity at state, region, and national levels
  • Provides access for diverse stakeholders from across the state to give input
  • Allows academic and research institutions to contribute their expertise
  • Maximizes the effectiveness of our program

Governance Board Members

Dr. Jay A. Perman, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Dr. Peter Goodwin, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Maryland, College Park

The three members represent the broad interests of the University System of Maryland (USM) and higher education in Maryland. They provide practical governance of our program and work to strengthen partnerships between USM, the state of Maryland, and the National Sea Grant program. The University of Maryland, College Park manages University of Maryland Extension, of which Maryland Sea Grant Extension is a part.

Responsible Institution

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is the institution responsible for the direct supervision and management of our program. A part of USM, UMCES sponsors research, education, and public service related to the environment and non-agricultural natural resources.

Institutional Council Members

Chancellor Jay A. Perman, University System of Maryland
President Peter Goodwin, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Vice President Provost Mary Ann Rankin, University of Maryland, College Park
Dean Craig Beyrouty, University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dean Moses Kairo, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Director Scott Knoche, Morgan State University
Director Anson Hines, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Dr. Grace Brush, Johns Hopkins University
Director Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant College

Many academic institutions across Maryland help us to support research, education, and outreach activities. The Institutional Council (IC) is a group of representatives from each location. The IC plays an important role in accountability and development of programmatic guidance for our program. They report their findings and advice to the Governance Board.

External Advisory Board Members

Mr. Dave Blazer, Maryland Port Administration
Mr. Mark Bryer, The Nature Conservancy
Mr. Scott Budden, Orchard Point Oyster Co., LLC
Dr. Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Mr. Marty Gary, Potomac River Fisheries Commission
Mr. William Matuszeski, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program (retired)
Mr. Erik Fisher, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Dr. Thomas Miller, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, AAC Liaison
Ms. Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Mr. Dave Wilson, Conservation Community Consulting, LLC

The External Advisory Board (EAB) is our primary link to important external clients in Maryland. The EAB’s membership consists of diverse stakeholders who represent key government agencies at the state and federal level, marine-related industries, and educational and service organizations. The EAB provides regular advice on our efforts to connect with Maryland constituents through our strategic plan and outreach activities.

Academic Advisory Committee Member Affiliations

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Research Consortium Inc.
Estuarine Reserves Division, OCRM/NOS/NOAA
Hood College
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
NOAA Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
Towson University
United States Naval Academy
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology
USGS, Chesapeake Bay Program Office
Washington College
Water Resources Research Institute, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, University of the District of Columbia

The Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) is the primary adviser to the research portion of our program. Members participate in reviewing proposals submitted for funding, evaluating their scientific merit and programmatic fit. Members of the AAC are commonly affiliated with institutions represented in our Institutional Council.


Maryland Sea Grant's External Advisory Board on a visit to Hart-Miller Island. Back row, from left: Beth McGee, Marty Gary, Dave Blazer, Adam Ortiz, Ann Swanson, William Matuszeski, Eric Schwaab, Jana Davis, and Thomas Miller. Front row: Catrise Cannady (MDSG staff), Fredrika Moser (director, Maryland Sea Grant), and Mark Bryer. Photo: Jeffrey Brainard


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