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Area Leaders Selected for Leadership Maryland Class of 2012


Dr. Clifton Griffin Dr. Memo Diriker Kathleen Momme
Clifton Griffin Memo Diriker Kathleen Mommé

SALISBURY, MD---Three Salisbury area leaders have been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012.

They are Dr. Clifton Griffin, Salisbury University dean of graduate studies and research; Dr. Memo Diriker, founding director of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business’ Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON); and Kathleen Mommé, executive director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Established in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing Maryland and its regions.  Griffin, Diriker and Mommé are among 52 leaders selected to participate in the eight-month program.

At SU, Griffin provides administrative oversight of SU’s 14 master’s degrees and five post-secondary certificate programs. He also develops research policy, acts as the leading advocate for faculty and student research and scholarly activity, cultivates relationships with external funding sources and explores funding resources for graduate students.

At BEACON, Diriker advises a large number of private, public, and nonprofit sector organizations, specializing in the use of scenario analysis and in demographic, business and economic trend forecasting. He has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants and sponsored research projects, totaling over $6 million in awards. In addition to a book, he has authored many articles in academic and practitioner publications, and is a sought-after public speaker.

At the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Mommé oversees an annual campaign raising over $1 million for 60 community programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. In 2001, she led United Way to become the recipient of the largest Perdue-Kresge Challenge award, $1 million, to establish the “United Way Forever” endowment that has since grown to over $2.2 million. Momme’s leadership has led the local United Way to be the largest non-governmental funding source for local non-profits on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, participants in Leadership Maryland will attend throughout the state, five two-day, and one one-day, intense sessions focusing on issues such as economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, environment, multiculturalism and diversity.

More than 100 experts representing business, government, education, and the non-profit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers. Leadership Maryland is one of 34 state leadership programs nationwide and has graduated over 800 statewide leaders.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at or the United Way at