- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Nancy Minieri, Leadership Maryland’s longtime president and CEO who founded the organization in 1992, announced she will retire at the end of the year.
Under her guidance, Leadership Maryland has become the state’s premier leadership development program, with more than 900 people having graduated from its yearlong course, according to a news release.
Dozens of prominent Marylanders are alumni, including elected officials, cabinet members, business executives, educators and nonprofit directors.
“My husband and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our lives,” Minieri said in the release. “It has been an incredible journey, and I have mixed emotions about retirement, but we are looking forward to exploring our next great adventure.”
There were 30 graduates of the inaugural class in 1993. That class developed a statewide economic development strategy that was adopted by the state and implemented by Jim Brady, who was appointed secretary of the Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development.
The program grew to its current size of 52 members. Its success spurred many similar county and regional leadership programs, and several graduates went on to found similar programs and organizations in Southern Maryland and Cumberland.
A 10-member search committee, comprised of past chairpeople and current officers of the Leadership Maryland board of directors, will lead the search for Minieri’s successor. The committee expects to have the successor named in September.
“We have been very fortunate to have Nancy’s steadfast guidance and dedication to Leadership Maryland for many years, and we are grateful to have benefited from this program,” said Ralph W. Emerson, M&T Bank senior vice president and Leadership Maryland’s chairman of the board, and a 2003 graduate of the program. “We also appreciate the time she has given us for a smooth transition, and we will move forward with the intention to select another outstanding leader to continue our reputation of excellence.”