March 2010 Press
release: March 25, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
Longtime MHEC Commissioner, Vice Chair Slowinski Retires
Annapolis, MD (March 25, 2010) - Dr. Donald J. Slowinski, Sr., a longtime
commissioner on the Maryland Higher Education Commission, retired yesterday.
Dr. Slowinski was presented a Proclamation from Governor O’Malley honoring March
24 as “a day of tribute to Donald Slowinski, Sr., Ed.D., in Maryland and do
commend this observance to all of our citizens” by MHEC Chairman Kevin O’Keefe.
Senator Roy Dyson and Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr., also provided resolutions
honoring Dr. Slowinski’s “longtime service to the Maryland Higher Education
Commission as Member and Vice Chairman.”
Dr. Slowinski has dedicated almost 50 years of service to higher education
beginning as Director of Admissions at Towson University. He served as a
Visiting Professor of Education at John Hopkins University before being named
President of Essex Community College in 1990 and then was named President
Emeritus of Essex Community College (now part of The Community College of
Baltimore County). He retired as Essex’s president in 1996.
In 1997, Dr. Slowinski, who lives in Towson, was appointed as a member of the
Commission and was elected Vice Chair in 2002. He stepped down from that post
this past February, but remained on the Commission until today.
“Every organization has somebody ever willing to provide help,” O’Keefe said.
“Dr. Slowinski is an exemplary person. It’s been my good fortune to work with
you and more importantly to learn from you.”
“The Commission owes a great deal of thanks to Dr. Slowinski for his years of
volunteer service on the Maryland Higher Education Commission,” said Secretary
of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. “His wise counsel was of great benefit
to his colleagues, to me and former higher education secretaries. He was always
a passionate advocate of higher education in Maryland and a constant presence at
nearly all of our meetings. He will truly be missed as both a commissioner and a
“This is somewhat bittersweet,” Dr. Slowinski said. “It’s been a wonderful
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board
responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and
independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as
an advocate for more than 350,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.