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Cryor Replaces Sharoky as Chair of BOV
Michael E. Cryor
Michael E. Cryor
Melvin Sharoky, '76
Melvin Sharoky, ’76

Michael E. Cryor, president of the Cryor Group, was named chairman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Board of Visitors (BOV) in December. He succeeds Melvin Sharoky, ’76, who has served in this capacity since 2007.

The Cryor Group provides strategic communications counsel for large scale private and public sector projects in the areas of technology, health care and urban development. A former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, Cryor has served on the BOV since 1994. In 2007, he was awarded the Gold Medal during pre-commencement convocation for exemplary service to the medical school.

Sharoky will remain on as a member of the BOV. He was recently appointed chairman of the board of Insmed Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company based in Richmond, Va. The former president and chief executive officer of Somerset Pharmaceuticals led the BOV through a transition phase which resulted in a more activist role for its members. He established a professorship which bears his name in 2006, and served with wife Alexias as an honorary co-chair for the school’s bicentennial gala celebration in 2007.

It was also announced that David S. Penn and Daniel E. Wagner had recently stepped down from the board. Penn retired after nearly 10 years of service which included serving as chair as recently as 2004. He is a former managing director at Legg Mason and is currently with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Wagner served three terms on the board. The president of Wagner Capital Management Corporation brought a wealth of financial and business expertise to the organization and is a major benefactor. Wagner has been a regular sponsor of the Fund for Medicine Gala, and during a heartfelt farewell speech at his final board meeting he described his family’s long ties with the University of Maryland as his motivation for supporting the school with time, energy and contributions. His younger brother, Arthur M. Wagner, ’70, passed away in 1990.

David S. Penn
David S. Penn
David E. Wagner
Daniel E. Wagner

More than 100 students participated in this year’s phonothon. Phonothon Nets $126K

Alumni and students garnered $126,506 in pledges during this year’s fall phonothon in Davidge Hall. The event was held for seven nights in early October. More than 100 alumni and students volunteered their time to make calls to alumni and faculty in support of the Medical Alumni Association Annual Fund. Donors sending in their gifts before June 30 will be recognized in the FY10 honor roll, published in the fall magazine.

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