Alumni Honored for Their Achievements

Published: Jan 18, 2008

Alumni Honored for Their Achievements

The UMBC Alumni Association will present awards to six distinguished alumni who are leaders in their fields at the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony and Annapolis Reception on February 6.  For more information about the honorees and the event, please visit

Engineering and Information Technology
Stephanie Reel ’85, Information Systems, is vice provost for information technology and chief information officer for the Johns Hopkins University, and vice president for information services for the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Reel’s work to develop electronic patient records management was honored by Computerworld magazine and the Smithsonian Institution.

Kevin M. Maxwell ’02 Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture, is the superintendent of schools for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. An educator for over 20 years, Maxwell previously served as a chief educational administrator, community superintendent, principal and teacher in Maryland public schools. Under his leadership as principal, Walter Johnson High School in Montgomery County was named one of the 100 best high schools in the U.S.  Maxwell was recently named Public School Superintendent of the Year by the Fullwood Foundation.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Reid C. Thompson ’85, Biological Sciences, is vice chairman of neurological surgery, director of the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center and associate professor of neurological surgery at Vanderbilt University. Thompson’s expertise is in the surgical treatment of patients with complex brain and spinal cord tumors, particularly those involving the most critical parts of the brain such as the brain stem and skull base.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Honorable Marcella A. Holland ’80, Political Science, is circuit administrative judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. Among her many honors, she has been named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” and has an extensive record of community service and civic leadership.  

Visual and Performing Arts
Kara Lee Corthron ’99, Theatre, received the 2007 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights for “Wild Black-Eyed Susans,” which was performed during UMBC’s Homecoming in 2007. She is also a three-time recipient of the Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award.

Distinguished Service Award
Eric Conn ’85, Computer Science, is the president and co-founder of Gloto Corporation, creators of, which allows users to instantly publish photos and videos from cell phones to an online photo album. Cellblock was used at UMBC’s 40th Anniversary, and, as guests watched from several locations, real-time photos from events were instantly posted on a large screen – a new twist that took the concept of a traditional photo album and turned it into a social event.



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