Glen Ives, Jay Lilly, Carol Sprague Join Board
The College of Southern Maryland Foundation announces the appointment of three individuals to its board of directors, Glen Ives of Patuxent River, Reuben F. Jay Lilly Jr. of Bryans Road and Carol Sprague of Port Tobacco. The CSM Board provides support to the college and its students through the funding of scholarships, technology and arts, health/wellness and educational opportunities.
In the seven years Ive been here, I have observed that one of the most significant characteristics of a great community is the strength and success of its education system. Ive seen how a real effort can make a difference. Leadership and commitment on part of the community, Navy and government can bring about a whole range of new and relevant education and career opportunities. Ive seen this happen for our people in their careers in the county and the Navy, said Ives, who is vice president of aviation programs at Sabre Systems in Lexington Park and previously commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River from 2006-2008.
CSM is doing some very good things in the community. The primary reason I was so interested in serving on the board is because of the positive impact the college has had on our community over the years and the opportunity to help to continue to strengthen CSMs connection to four-year colleges for students pursing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. CSM is an affordable choice for a quality education, close to home. I observed and experienced that first-hand during my time as commanding officer. The tremendous educational opportunities CSM provided my sailors and their families were very positive for their morale, quality of life and career advancement – something I truly appreciated.
Ives retired from the Navy in July after 30 years of service. At his new position at Sabre Systems, he is responsible for its strategic growth and management within the aviation community. As commanding officer at Pax River, Captain Ives served the function of a mayor for 22,000 employees he called Pax Pros. Ives was the stations executive officer from July 2004 to July 2006, and vice commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division from April 2003 to July 2004. From March 2001 to April 2003, Ives was the commanding officer of the Mighty Pioneers of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) at Pax River. The squadron tested and evaluated the Navys newest helicopters, the MH-60 Sierra and the MH-60 Romeo.
Born into a career Army family, Ives grew up on posts in the continental United States and overseas. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1978. In 1980, he was designated a naval aviator at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Fla. As a helicopter pilot and instructor, he flew the HH-2D/SH-2F Seasprite and SH-60B Seahawk. In 1990, Ives was recognized as the National Helicopter Associations Pilot of the Year. During his naval career, Ives deployed to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Caribbean and West Africa. He is also a 1998 graduate of the Army War College.
He and his wife Barbara, also a retired naval officer, live in St. Marys County. They have three sons: Glen Christopher Ives who just graduated from the Naval Academy and is aboard U.S.S. James E. Williams DDG-95; Matthew Ives who is in his final year at the Naval Academy; and Jack Ives who is in his third year at the New York Maritime Academy.
Lilly, a 1975 alum of the college, earned a bachelor of science in business administration at Georgetown University and holds a graduate certificate in business administration from American University. “My education at CSM really prepared me for Georgetown,” Lilly said. “As a board member I want to help see that future students receive the same excellent education I received and then transfer to a four-year
As the branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lilly supervises, trains and recruits more than 80 agents in the Waldorf office. His branch is a major relocation office for people moving to the area to work at the military bases of Indian Head, Patuxent River, Bolling Air Force Base and throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Before he came to the Waldorf office, Lilly ran
the Lexington Park office in St. Mary's County for eight years.
Lilly said, “It is interesting to watch how our real estate agents become interested in pursuing a degree, or a hobby, at CSM. You are never too old to pursue new opportunities.”
One of Lilly's special interests at CSM is the focus on training local students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, calling the STEM program, “phenomenal.” He has watched how both the Navy and contractors have recruited these professionals to Southern Maryland, and he supports the idea of home-grown talent.
“There are more and more opportunities coming to Southern Maryland. I watched the growth of Pax River during BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) and think CSM has done a wonderful job of responding to the community's needs. CSM's administration is interested in listening to the community and is in tune with the community. They have targeted programs and marketed them to both the business community and the
community at-large. They are educating to the needs in the community. CSM is a real asset,” he said.
The history, architecture and real estate of Southern Maryland are both professional and personal interests for Lilly. He has lived in the community for 35 years and speaks with enthusiasm and knowledge about the virtues and changes in the area.
He and his wife Mary live in Bryans Road and enjoy walking their dogs near the river and driving into the District for cultural entertainment. Their hobbies include
travel, architecture and antiques.
Lilly is the president of both the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and Oxon Hill Friendly Lions Club. He has served as vice president and board member for the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, and he earned the Civista Health Foundation's title of King Rex in 2008. He has sponsored Habitat for Humanity White Plans Build and is involved in events at Mount Carmel.
Sprague, a longtime Southern Maryland resident and a physical therapist assistant employed by La Plata Physical Therapy, recently became a certified massage therapist and, along with two student graduates, owns her own business, The Language of Bodywork in Waldorf.
I am excited to be involved with the family of CSM. I have watched it turn from an idea to a graduation of 20 on the La Plata High School stage to the beautiful campus today. Through the years I have enjoyed taking classes in quality education opportunities, said Sprague.
She received a bachelors degree in education from the University of Maryland in 1961. In 2002 and 2007, she received associate degrees from CSM in physical therapist assistant and therapeutic massage, respectively. Sprague became a certified lymphedema therapist in 2008 after graduating from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in Florida. She is currently studying for a reflexology certification.
Sprague is a member of St. Ignatius Church, American Physical Therapist Association and the American Massage Therapy Association. In her spare time, Sprague enjoys family gatherings, golf, needlework, and continuing her education in the field of physical therapy and bodywork. Sprague lives in Port Tobacco with her husband of 48 years. She has four children and 15 grandchildren.
During 2008 as CSM celebrates its 50th anniversary, the CSM Foundation marks a major milestone in the colleges history with its Campaign for the Next 50 Years. The campaign is raising $5 million to fund an Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (ISTEM), a Regional Center for Trades and Transportation Technologies; and initiatives to address local nursing and healthcare workforce shortages; focus on educational excellence, and endow a student scholarship fund for access and success. CSM, founded in 1958, is the fifth largest community college in Maryland and grown to be the centerpiece of Southern Maryland with campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Marys counties and more than 21,000 annual enrollments. For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7765 or visit www.csmd.edu. For information on the CSM Foundation or Celebration of the Arts call 301-934-7649 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7649 for Charles County; 240-725-5499, Ext. 7649 for St. Marys County or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7649 for Calvert County or visit http://www.csmd.edu/alumni_foundation/.