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Will replace Botzman in July


Staff Writer

Charles “Chip” Jackson will take over his boss’ job this summer as the vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Jackson has worked at the college for 26 years and currently serves as the associate vice president for planning and facilities. He will take on the new role on July 1 when Tom Botzman departs for the presidency of Misericordia University in Pennsylvania.

With the promotion, Jackson will oversee business affairs, facilities planning and operations, human resources, information technology and government relations.

“I have every confidence in Chip’s abilities as he assumes this important new role in service to St. Mary’s College,” President Joseph Urgo said.

Urgo said he first looked internally at the college for a candidate who might replace Botzman. The college president said he talked to dozens of people on and around campus who all said Jackson would be a good fit for the job.

“He’s been a right-hand man to Tom for some time” and already knows many of the ins and outs associated with the position, Urgo said.

There are four other vice presidents at the campus.

Jackson will be unique among them for his institutional memory. He was hired 26 years ago to oversee the building of the Town House Green in 1987 and an expansion of the library in 1990.

Jackson and Botzman will work closely together through the spring semester to help with the transition, Urgo said.

“I will benefit greatly from the extended time with Tom” to learn about the job during the next several months, Jackson said.

Jackson said the responsibilities he has had, particularly over the last several years, have given him a chance to work beyond just facilities and planning and have helped prepare him for his new job as a vice president.

He is a well-known figure on campus, overseeing construction projects and often acting as a liaison to the community. During his time at the college, Jackson has led a number of initiatives, including student housing expansion, the new campus pub, food service planning, the annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race and the revamped River Concert Series.

Urgo praised Jackson for his work in sustainability and environmental initiatives on campus.

Jackson, who served five years in the Navy prior to working at the college, lives in St. Mary’s City with his wife, Emily.