Dr. Stewart Edelstein, Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove came to the regional higher education center in 2002. Dr. Edelstein has found his interaction with students to be the most rewarding aspect of his position. He has been impressed by many of the students' career focus and their ability to juggle work and families responsibilities while earning their degree.
During his tenure at USG, the number of USM partners has increased as has the number of degree programs. Additionally, he has overseen the construction of SG Building III which will nearly triple the existing classroom space of USG. He has worked closely with Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Public School System to develop programs at USG that meet the higher education needs of the County and the region.
Dr. Edelstein is an active member of several Montgomery County organizations. He is on the Board of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and serves as the vice chair of its Education subcommittee. He is also a member of the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education, the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and serves as the chair of the MC/MCPS Cluster Advisory Board for Education.
He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. In 2006 Dr. Edelstein received a Community Service Award from The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program and the Chairman's Award for his contributions to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Edelstein came to USG from the University of Maryland, College Park where he was the senior associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He was instrumental in developing several cross-university and public-private partnerships, including the Democracy Collaborative, the Demography of Inequality Program, the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, the CIVICUS Living Learning Residence Hall, and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.