• Petitioned St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees

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St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees

Reinstate Rich Edgar and Lisa Crowe

    1. Amir Basem
    2. Petition by

      Amir Basem

      Odenton, MD

It is in our opinion that Rich Edgar and Lisa Crowe are two former employees who represented the ideals that reflect St. Mary's College of Maryland. Lisa Crowe dedicated 37 years of her life, largely in an administrative role, to the St. Mary's community. Rich Edgar had spent the last 25 years of his life working for the college in roles including the Assistant Soccer Coach, Staff Senate President, and Director of Admissions.

Unfortunately both of these outstanding members of the St. Mary's College of Maryland community were let go in what has been a shocking and appalling move to our community. Alumni are outraged that the administration has decided to suddenly "eliminate" their positions. It is the belief of this group that these decisions were mistakes.

This group believes in the ideal that alumni are connected to the college through the bonds they create with not only their peers, but faculty and staff as well. The recent events have weakened this connection and threatens to do further damage as it raises the concern of the job security of other notable members of the faculty and staff.

This is all tied to the direction that the new administration is taking St. Mary's College of Maryland. This institution seems to be undergoing an identity crisis. The college has succeeded in being an affordable alternative to private liberal arts institutions. However, it seems that St. Mary's College of Maryland is more intent on mimicking these institutions rather than being this alternative. What has resulted has been a rise in tension within the community.

One of these tumultuous issues has been the rise in salary for employees deemed necessary to the operation of the college. This was an issue which current students, faculty and staff saw the unfairness at which these increases were distributed. In line with the St. Mary's way, these members peacefully protested against the fact that there were staff members making a salary below the living wage yet there were others that received pay increases.

These pay increases go against the St. Mary's way and this coupled with the recent terminations of Rich Edgar and Lisa Crowe have our group concerned as to the direction this new administration is taking our college. We urge the Board of Trustees to review both of these decisions such that this group has faith in the competency of the decision makers in the future.


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    Reasons for signing

    • miranda paul GREEN BAY, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I traveled quite a long way to attend SMCM and I found everything I was looking for in a school and graduated in 2004. I hope the administration will reconsider and keep in mind the strong commitment to social justice and the St. Mary's Way as they reevaluate this decision. These two individuals, in particular, have been an asset to SMCM.

    • Jesse Roberts MIDDLE RIVER, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      The college has never actually "done the right thing" in their hiring/firing practices dating back to 1997. Shame on you, SMCM. Shame.

    • Kristin Krycia PASADENA, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Hands down, Rich Edgar is the #1 best admissions counselor I have ever met. I am on the high school side of college admissions, and Rich is the most dedicated, brilliant counselor I know. IT's a HUGE loss to the high school side of the table as well as SMC. Without him and his widsom and guidance, getting kids to apply and choose the right school will not be as easy.

      Further, I went to SMC, and this does not at all reflect the school I knew and loved when I attended in the 80's.

    • Melissa Leatherman OAK HILL, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I was a pretty solid "B" student in High School and my SAT's were probably about average. By the time I graduated SMCM, I don't know that I would have been admitted to the college based on those two things. SMCM was a great school, I would like that to continue. For it to continue, it must not strive to be like every other school! Some of the standouts in college are not always standouts in High School!

    • Sarah Bauder OWINGS, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I worked with Rich and Lisa from 1990 to 1996. Both are excellent employees. I now work in higher education and I don't know of another university or college that doesn't have a Dorector of Admissions position. Odd that my alma mater would eliminate theirs.



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