AACC’s Martha Smith among Fort Meade Alliance’s new Board Members

Four new members took their places on the board of directors for the Fort Meade Alliance as of Jan. 1. They are William Badger Jr., vice president, M&T Bank; G. Dickson Gribble Jr., vice president, business development, Intelligence Solutions division, L-3 Communications; Ron Reusch, System Studies & Simulation Inc.; and Dr. Martha A. Smith, president, Anne Arundel Community College.

Badger manages the Government Banking Division for the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining M&T Bank. he served as president and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. for seven years, and in various other capacities at AAEDC including vice president, for a total of 11 years. Prior to joining AAEDC, Badger worked for 17 years for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development in various capacities, including national marketing and business retention. He is a graduate of Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Gribble has more than 39 years of experience in successfully directing and managing diverse, multifunctional and multinational intelligence organizations as well as a 30-year U.S. Army career which included commanding a major troop unit based at Fort George G. Meade. He has extensive experience in strategic planning and concept development, and also successfully managed a 3,500-person community and its technical operations in Yorkshire, England. Gribble earned his master’s degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Reusch joins the board from a new assignment with System Studies & Simulation Inc., more affectionately known as S3. During the last 15 years, he worked with multiple industries across the sectors of sales and manufacturing. In each of these positions, he has demonstrated expertise in engineering and leadership. Prior to the working in the civilian sector, Reusch spent nine years in the active duty military as an Army officer in the aviation branch. He received a Bronze Star during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Reusch has a wife, Kathleen, and two children, Isabella and David.

In 1994, Smith became president of AACC, where she implemented a strategic planning process that significantly improved the institution’s responsiveness to meeting the needs of the community. She also improved the economic position of the college by supporting enrollment growth, responding to economic development needs, securing additional county support and keeping tuition affordable. Prior to joining AACC she was president of Dundalk Community College from 1988-94, acting president in 1987 and dean of students from 1982-87. She earned her doctorate at University of Northern Colorado in 1974.

There are 25 members of FMA’s board of directors and each serves three-year terms. The board, typically advisory in nature to the executive committee, which has the governance of the organization by charter, meets five or six times each year.

The alliance is an advocacy membership organization created to promote and support Fort Meade as an economic asset and resource to the region. Fort Meade is a home base to all five military services and the National Security Agency. Given the upcoming growth to the area through the 2005 BRAC legislation, the alliance is actively involved in planning for Fort Meade’s future and BRAC-related activities.

The Fort Meade Alliance is supported in part through grants and in-kind donations from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. For more information, call (410) 222-7410.

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