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Thursday, December 17, 1998

Winter Commencement: Dr. Wendell Holloway Addresses 515 Degree Recipients

SALISBURY, MD--Wendell M. Holloway, a longtime friend and supporter of Salisbury State University who has been named interim president of Bowie State University, delivers the featured address at SSU's winter commencement on Sunday, December 20. Ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. in the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. Five hundred fifteen students will receive degrees.

Also in attendance is University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg. Langenberg appointed Holloway interim president of Bowie State on December 8.

"Dr. Holloway's breadth of experience in higher education, his wisdom and caring, and his wonderful optimism and sense of humor have endeared him to all of us at Salisbury State University," said President William C. Merwin. "He has been a true friend and supporter and Bowie State University is indeed privileged to have him as its interim president."

A native of Washington, D.C., and a resident of Potomac, MD, Holloway, 65, has had a distinguished career in both public service and private business. Following graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A., he entered the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel in 1974. His military career included 16 years of flying assignments as a pilot in the Strategic Air Command, combat tours in Southeast Asia/Vietnam and teaching at the Air War College.

In 1974 he joined the staff of Congresswoman Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, a California Democrat, serving as administrative and chief legislative assistant until 1977. Then he joined the Washington staff of the Ford Motor Company where he represented that corporation before the House, Senate and Executive Branch agencies.

Following retirement from Ford in 1995, he formed two governmental relations consulting firms, Wendell M. Holloway & Associates and The McPherson Group. He also served as director and adjunct professor for the Washington Program of the University of Southern California School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Holloway was appointed to the old Board of Trustees for Maryland's State Universities and Colleges by Governor Hughes in 1983 and reappointed in 1985. He served as board chairman for two terms. During his tenure he was responsible for the management of an operating budget of $182 million for a system of six institutions that served some 32,000 students. This system merged with the University of Maryland's in 1988. In 1995 Governor Glendening appointed Holloway to the new system's Board of Regents where he serves as chair of the Advancement Committee.

Holloway holds two master's degrees in systems management and public administration, and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.

He and his wife, Kay, a retired public school teacher, have three married children who are graduates of Stanford University with graduate degrees from Harvard and Yale.

On the commencement podium with Holloway is graduating senior Brian K. Sydnor for Mechanicsville, MD, who will give the student commencement address, and Edgar A. Baker, Jr., who will receive the Alumni Appreciation Award.

The following degrees will be awarded: Bachelor of Arts--137; Bachelor of Science--261; Bachelor of Arts in social work--12; Bachelor of Fine Arts in art--two, for a total of 412; and Master of Arts--12; Master of Arts in Teaching--20; Master of Business Administration--15; Master of Education--48; Master of Science--eight, for a total of 103.

For more information on commencement call the SSU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030.

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