UMB Salutes Klein for Government and Community Affairs Leadership
|Friends, colleagues, and family gathered at the Southern Management
Corporation Campus Center on Dec. 16 to salute Barbara Klein, MPA, chief government
and community affairs officer and associate vice president, who is
retiring from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)
after 17 years.
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UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD,
called Klein his "wise counselor," and cited her work with the General
Assembly to secure funding for the R Adams Cowley Shock
Trauma Center, state Medevac System, and capital funding for new
facilities for the schools of law, social work, dentistry, and
pharmacy, and for Health Sciences Facilities II and III, as well as her
community and student work with the Presidentýs Outreach Council.
"Barbara, being at my side when I needed advice, when I needed counsel
in putting our best foot forward with leadership of this state, with
legislators of this state, it's been invaluable to me," Perman said.
"You are responsible for so many accomplishments and so much advocacy
on behalf of UMB and on behalf of our University System and we are
Klein ensured that UMB has a unified voice in legislative matters and
that its educational programs, research, patient care, and community
service are recognized as valuable state resources. Among many other
achievements, her efforts contributed significantly to securing state
funds for UMB's operating budget, extensive support for cancer and
tobacco-related diseases research, financing for graduate medical
education, and more.
Prior to her arrival at UMB, Klein was a chief policy and fiscal
advisor and an analyst to fiscal and special committees for the
Maryland state legislature from 1980 to 1996. A certified public
accountant, she also served as the chief of auditing for the Governor's
Commission on Law Enforcement from 1976 to 1980.
Former State Senator Francis X.
"Frank" Kelly Jr., a member of the University System Board of
Regents, said if not for Klein's efforts before coming to UMB two
"historic pieces of legislation" would not have been passed. He went on
to detail the "backroom deals" that led to the 1984 privatizing of what
was then University Hospital into the University of Maryland Medical
"If it wasn't for Barbara and her smarts, her knowledge, and her
creativity," Kelly said, "that bill forming the University of Maryland
Medical System wouldn't have happened. It turned a $200 million
bankrupt hospital into what is now part of a $3.5 billion medical
Kelly also credited Klein with being a key player in 1988 legislation
that created the University System of Maryland, "which took 12 state
colleges and combined them into one system. Barb was there for seven or
eight days and nights as we tried to craft the legislation. It wouldn't
have happened without Barbara."
At UMB, Klein has been recognized for her leadership with legislators
and advocates in addressing oral and primary health care inequities for
underserved children. Her dedication helped lead to significant
increases in Medicaid reimbursements to improve access to care and in
achieving major policy changes in state law. She has worked
collaboratively with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
on many initiatives, including securing a major grant that led to the
creation of the Institute for a Healthiest Maryland. Last year she was
one of my co-authors on a report making recommendations to expedite and
streamline operations of the Maryland Board of Physicians.
Pete Gilbert, MSF, chief
operating officer and senior vice president at UMB, drew a laugh from
the crowd when he introduced himself as "Barbara Klein's supervisor.
You know what it really means? I do whatever she tells me to do. And
Iýve talked to a couple people that she ýused to work for. And they
said the same thing!"
He added that "it's rare to find someone as competent and as
knowledgeable in their profession as Barbara Klein is in hers. She has
that seasoned quality that says whatever comes up she can handle it and
sheýs going to get you through it. I will miss you tremendously."
Klein's parting gifts included a Governor's Proclamation for her 37
years of service to the state and blue crab-themed porcelain enamel
cookware and a collection of Maryland-themed recipes from friends and
colleagues so she doesn't forget Maryland when she moves to a home she
is having built in the Outer Banks, N.C.
Then Klein took the podium and quickly turned the attention from
herself to others in the room. Perman, the deans, and vice presidents
got a round of applause, as did her Government and Community Affairs
(GCA) team. She pointed out that Brian
Sturdivant, MSW, director of Community Partnerships and
Strategic Initiatives, started out as a student intern in "our shop in
Annapolis in 1999," a GCA student program that continues to flourish
Klein thanked her former legislative colleagues in attendance, with a
special tribute to former General Assembly budget guru Bill Ratchford, "who has been a
mentoring and guiding force to so many of us. Bill, you've elevated our
careers and been a great friend so thank you."
Faculty, staff, and students were feted for "being such a great
resource throughout the years and always being such great ambassadors
for UMB. I appreciate everything from everybody. I will cherish the
memories from each of you."
|Posting Date: 12/17/2013
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