Gov. Larry Hogan Appoints Charles County Resident Shawn Coates as CSM Trustee

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Shawn Coates, of Charles County, to serve the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as trustee, effective July 1, 2018 through 2023. Coates replaces Trustee Emeritus Dorothea Smith, whose term expired June 30, 2018.

A senior leader in the United States government with more than 15 years of experience, Coates is currently serving as chief of staff for Mission Integration having served in management roles at numerous government agencies.

“I am honored to be appointed to serve as a trustee for the College of Southern Maryland, a college that has a strong tradition of academic excellence and meeting the needs of our community,” Coates said. “This is especially meaningful for me since my grandmother, Veronica Coates, played a significant role in helping to guide this college, serving as a trustee from 1976 to 1993, including five years as vice chair and two years as chair.”

Coates, of White Plains, serves as the scholarship chair for Morgan State University Southern Maryland Alumni Chapter; is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; and participates with the Black Executive Exchange Program.

A frequent speaker on topics of diversity, hiring, development and retention, Coates has presented at the Blacks in Government Conference and served as a panelist for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship Conference.

He is involved with Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Black MBA Association, Blacks in Government Association and African American Federal Executive Association.

Coates is an alumna of McDonough High School in Pomfret. He received master’s degrees in business administration and information science from North Carolina Central University, and a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and systems from Morgan State University. Additionally he was a graduate and senior fellow in the Excellence in Government Fellows Program, Partnership for Public Service and he received an executive certificate with a concentration in public leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

CSM’s Board of Trustees is the governing body providing leadership and oversight of the college’s mission and policies. Members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms. The board consists of nine members, with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties equally represented. The chair and vice chair are selected by the trustees among themselves annually.

CSM’s trustees in addition to Coates are Margaret C. Dunkle, Samuel C. Jones and Jay W. Webster of Calvert County; James Di Misa and Lois E. DiNatale of Charles County; and Bradley O. Bates, Theodore L. Harwood and Dr. John W. Roache of St. Mary’s County. Serving as secretary/treasurer to the board is CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy.  For information about the college’s leadership, visit

During 2018, the College of Southern Maryland celebrates its 60th anniversary. Established as part of the continuing expansion of the community college in America, Charles County Junior College opened Sept. 17, 1958 and was governed by the Charles County Board of Education. The La Plata Campus was established at its present location in 1968, with college services expanding to St. Mary’s County in 1978 and Calvert County in 1980. For information about the college’s history, visit

Today, CSM is a regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community. CSM serves more than 24,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses located in Hughesville, La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick, as well as a Higher Education Center shared with University of Maryland University College in Waldorf and a Center for Transportation Training in La Plata.

For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or visit

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