Dr. Stewart Edelstein joined the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) as Executive Director in 2002 and was named Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland in 2007. Under his leadership USG expanded its number of participating universities, the breadth and depth of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and grown student enrollment to more than 4,000 students. Further growth is planned with the construction of a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility which will expand degrees in healthcare, engineering, biosciences and computational science disciplines and result in doubling the numbers of students served by the campus. A second initiative is underway to expand graduate degrees and certificates programs offered at USG to meet the projected needs for advanced professional education in the region.
USG under Dr. Edelstein’s leadership has worked closely with Montgomery College (MC) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to better articulate curriculum planning and degree completion initiatives within the county. An important partnership is a series of 2+2+2 programs – together with MCPS and MC – to create education and career pathways in professional fields. These initiatives place special emphasis on strengthening the pipeline for minority and first generation college student populations.
Dr. Edelstein serves on the board of directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and as Vice Chair of its Economic Development Committee. He serves on the board of Identity, Inc. and currently serves as a member of Montgomery Moving Forward, the County Executive’s Economic Advisory Workgroup, Committee for Montgomery and WorkSource Montgomery. He has served as a member of the Montgomery County Bioscience Task Force, the Montgomery County Smart Growth Initiative, the Montgomery County Economic Advisory Council and the Montgomery County Life Sciences Advisory Committee.