M&T Bank’s ‘Woody’ Collins nominated to be next GBC chair

The Greater Baltimore Committee Board of Directors has nominated Atwood “Woody” Collins III, president and COO of M&T Bank’s Mid-Atlantic Division, to become the next chair of the GBC.

Collins, who currently serves as a GBC vice chair, heads a slate of officers nominated to take office at the GBC’s May 17 annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. John P. McDaniel, CEO of MedStar Health, and William R. Roberts, president of Verizon Maryland, Inc., are nominated to serve as vice chairs. Robert C. Embry Jr., president of The Abell Foundation, is the nominee for secretary/treasurer.

Collins will succeed outgoing GBC Chair Barbara A. Gehrig, senior vice president of Comcast’s Maryland/Delaware Region, who in May 2005 became the first woman to chair the GBC. As immediate past chair, Gehrig will continue to serve as a GBC officer in 2007-08.

Formed in 1955, the GBC applies the resources of the Baltimore region’s business and civic leaders to improving the business climate. The GBC played a key role in Baltimore’s acclaimed downtown “renaissance” during the 1960s and 70s and today focuses on nurturing business development in Baltimore City and the region’s counties.

The GBC’s current strategic priorities for the region include strengthening the bioscience industry, developing a comprehensive and efficient transportation system, including mass transit; expanding women-owned and minority-owned businesses, addressing infrastructure needs to accommodate growth related to federal base realignment and closure (BRAC), and developing an increasingly skilled future workforce.

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