|Krug honored for community service
Prince Frederick resident Richard Fleming, dean of the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick campus, has joined the board of directors for Calvert Memorial Hospital. Additionally, the board honored longtime member Mary Krug, who stepped down after 21 years, for her service to the community.
“We’re excited about bringing Dr. Fleming onto our board,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “his experience in higher education will be a huge asset to us as we prepare our next generation’s workforce in health care.”
Fleming, who was born and grew up in Tennessee, has worked in community colleges since 1978 in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. He earned his doctorate in education at the University of Northern Colorado where he was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence.
His other honors include the Administrator Award of Distinction from the Phi Theta Kappa International Community College Honor Society and the Chamber Champion for Outstanding Volunteer Service presented by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
For his part, Fleming said he believes serving on the CMH board benefits the entire community. “I recognize the community value of health care and services and believe that our local hospital serves that role.”
“I have also worked with medical education programs in community colleges for over 10 years,” he added, “and understand the importance of preparing qualified healthcare workers.”
Fleming is currently a member of the Prince Frederick Rotary Club but has served on many boards including the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Arizona Training Center and while in New Mexico, the Southwest Symphony, the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Lea County.
When Krug first joined the Calvert Memorial board of directors in 1985 she had a nine-month-old at home. Now, her daughter is halfway through her PhD. She served on the CMH board from 1985 to 1996 and again from 2000 through 2010. During her tenure, she chaired and served on many hospital committees, including audit, buildings and grounds, by-laws, compensation, executive, nominating, planning and marketing and self-evaluation.
Xinis praised her as a team player who was always supportive. “Mary served on our board with distinction for over 20 years,” he said. “During this period, she has demonstrated unmatched leadership skills, which has enabled the hospital to grow and serve the community well.”
,p>He went on to add, “Her input and guidance, especially pertaining to strategic initiatives, will surely be missed. She is a role model for all trustees to emulate.”
The board also named officers for the coming year. They are Sally Showalter, chairman; Laurie A. Uherek, vice chairman; Gail Gibson, secretary and Kevin J. Nietmann, treasurer.