President's Initiatives

2011 - 2012 Speaker Series

The 2011-2012 President’s Symposium and White Paper topic was Urban Renewal.  

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eet the 2011 - 2012 President's Fellows, a group of interprofessional UM students.

List of Guests

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John L. Puckett, PhD
Professor and Chair | Policy, Measurement & Education
University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 

Dr. Puckett’s background includes six years of teaching and administrative work in public and private secondary schools.  At the University of Pennsylvania, he has been actively involved in building University partnerships with West Philadelphia schools and developing the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnerships.   Dr. Puckett is the author of Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform.

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Frederick H. Bealefeld, III
Commissioner, Baltimore City Police
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Frederick H. Bealefeld, III is a 30-year member of the Baltimore Police Department, starting his career as a Police Cadet in 1981.  Commissioner Bealefeld has served in several areas of the department to include Major/Commanding Officer of the CID/Narcotics Section, District Commander of the Southern District, Area Chief of the Patrol Division, Chief of the Detective Division, and Deputy Commissioner of the Operations Bureau.   These areas comprise essentially 80% of the department’s operations force.  Commissioner Bealefeld has received significant law enforcement training throughout his career.   He has received five Official Commendations including three Unit Citations and one Bronze Star.  He is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  Commissioner Bealefeld is married and has two children.

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Kaliope Parthemos, JD
Deputy Mayor | City of Baltimore
Monday, November 14, 2011

As Deputy Mayor, Kaliope Parthemos advises the Mayor on all matters related to development projects, economic and business development strategies, planning, zoning, housing, transportation and special projects. Reporting directly to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Parthemos oversees the following agencies: the Baltimore Development Corporation, the Law Department, the Office of Inspector General, the Waterfront Partnership, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Visit Baltimore, the Baltimore Convention Center, 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Live Baltimore Home Center, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Sister Cities program and the Departments of Recreation and Parks, Planning, and Housing, as well as the Board of Estimates. 

Current administrative accomplishments include overseeing the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix held Labor Day weekend 2011. Under the Rawlings-Blake Administration Deputy Mayor Parthemos moved to address Baltimore’s vacancy problem with the Vacants-to-Values initiative. This proved a national model when Mayor Rawlings-Blake was invited to the White House to present on Vacants-to-Values. Most recently, Deputy Mayor Parthemos the Westside Strategic Committee an initiative to revitalize Baltimore’s Westside working with anchor institutions, University of Maryland and University of Maryland Medical Systems.

Parthemos is a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and grew up in Baltimore’s historic Greektown.

Ms. Parthemos graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1993 and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2000.

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Ira Harkavy, PhD
Associate Vice President & Founding Director
University of Pennsylvania - Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dr. Harkavy has extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships, Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies, Africana studies, and city and regional planning.  Harkavy has helped to develop service-learning courses as well as participatory action research projects that involve creating university-assisted community schools. Harkavy has written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and strategies for integrating the university missions of teaching, research, and service.

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Michael Sarbanes, JD
Executive Director of Partnerships, Communications and Community Engagement
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Michael Sarbanes was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has extensive experience in strengthening communities on behalf of children and families. Mr. Sarbanes’ work has focused on strengthening communities on behalf of children and families as an attorney with the Community Law Center, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Deputy Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and as Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) from 2003 to 2007. In February, 2008 Mr. Sarbanes was appointed Executive Director of Partnerships, Communications and Community Engagement for Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools). 

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The Fellows' Findings
April 17, 2012

The President's Fellows will present their findings based on their research and the information shared during the Speakers Series.  Their White Paper on Urban Renewal will be available in mid-May