New Leader Appointed for Universities at Shady Grove

    Anne Khademian, a professor at Virginia Tech, will join University System of Maryland as the new executive director of Universities at Shady Grove, a campus in Montgomery County that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs from a dozen Maryland universities — nine within the University System of Maryland. She will also become USM Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

    Khademian will replace Stewart Edelstein, who has been executive director of USG since 2002 and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since 2007. He will stay in his current positions with USG until Khademian takes over on Oct. 19.

    Anne Khademian will be the new leader of the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Virginia Tech News photo

    “Dr. Khademian brings the right mix of expertise and leadership needed to build on USG’s prominence as a national model in innovating how we serve students in our state and open their access to higher education,” USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman said in a written statement.

    Khademian has been a Presidential Fellow at Virginia Tech’s Research Center, where she worked with stakeholder committees and across universities and helped implement Beyond Boundaries, an outline for how the university can operate and thrive in a more globalized world.

    At Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Khademian was the director of the School of Public and International Affairs for seven years. Under her leadership, the school introduced new academic degrees, increased student enrollment and formed new global partnerships.

    “The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative space in higher education that thrives through partnerships with K-12, higher education, business, nonprofit and government partners,” Khademian said in a statement.

    “For two decades the Center has expanded high quality educational and career opportunities for students in Montgomery County. They graduate prepared to succeed in high-demand fields in the region. I am excited to begin working with our USG partners to push the envelope of innovation in education, research and engagement.”

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    Elizabeth Shwe
    Shwe covered California state politics during her internship at The Sacramento Bee. She is a 2020 graduate of Princeton University with a degree in political science. At Princeton she was a producer for WPRB 103.3 FM News & Culture section, the station’s only long form podcast-type program. Shwe also wrote for The Daily Princetonian, and tutored with the Petey Greene Program, which offers free tutoring to incarcerated people. Shwe is a Report for America corps member.