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A 45-Acre Farm Where the Buffalo Roamed, With Farmhouse, Barn, Helipad and More


Hot House: Valley Brook Farm, 2040 Old Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153


Contemporary style brick home, circa 1967. Three bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms over 3 levels and 3,627 square feet, with swimming pool, tennis court, koi pond with waterfall and footbridge on 3.1 acres. Additional 42 acres containing fields, renovated 19th century stone barn, farmhouse-style mansion, agricultural buildings, stables, FAA registered helipad, outbuildings: $4,500,000


It’s College Rankings Time Again



It’s the time of year that college administrators and admissions officials have been waiting for: the annual release of U.S. News’s college rankings. Even as the whole idea of rankings had been heavily criticized, and despite other magazines trying to steal the glory by developing their own lists, the U.S. News list remains a focus for students and administrators alike. Here’s how local schools measured up this year:

Who’s Speaking at Local Graduations?



I love commencement season — not just because of the caps and gowns and excitement in the air, but also because it’s the time of year when local universities bring famous (or, well, semi-famous) folks to town to deliver the commencement address. While none of the speakers announced so far rivals Ira Glass (who spoke at Goucher in 2012), they make for an intriguing mix:

Johns Hopkins: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Why this is cool: She’ll be just the fifth woman to serve as Johns Hopkins’ graduation speaker since 1974.

Stevenson: ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts, who you may recognize from his reporting appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. Or from Morgan State’s 2013 commencement speech. Why this is cool: He’s a native Baltimorean!

House of the Day: Four Acres In Stevenson With Salt Water Pool, Recently Reduced


2211 Wiltonwood Road, Stevenson
5 bedroom(s), 5 bathroom(s)
5,000 square feet
2211 Wiltonwood Road
2211 Wiltonwood Road
2211 Wiltonwood Road
2211 Wiltonwood Road

Stevenson Historic Barn Reborn As California Contemporary


Hot House: 3515 Anton Farms Road, Pikesville, MD 21208


Fieldstone “bank barn,” circa 1750, now 8,000 sq. ft. home, circa 1953, in stone and stucco, on 1.8 acres in Stevenson. Seven bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 half baths over three stories. Elevator, gourmet kitchen, three fireplaces, game room, wine cellar, 1,500 sq. ft. in-law/au pair suite and two garages for 7 cars: $1,099,000

A Homeland House In Stevenson


HOT HOUSE: 2001 Wiltonwood Road, Stevenson, MD. 21153

Stone cottage, circa 1951, by Palmer-Lamdin, in the English style. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths over three stories. Slate roof, copper gutters, screened porch, guest house and two car garage, on five acres in Stevenson: $995,000

Recession-Proof Job: Private College President


Even as the economy continues to falter and populist protests against “the 1 percent” sprout up across the country, many presidents of private colleges are making more money than ever — including those at several Baltimore-area schools.

Base salary for private college presidents rose 2.8 percent to $294,489 in 2009 (the most recent data available). If you factor in benefits, the median salary tops off at $385,909. And that’s just the median; many make much more than that, including 36 who earn upwards of a million dollars per year. Since 2000, presidential pay at the fifty wealthiest universities increased by 75 percent.

Johns Hopkins’s previous president, William R. Brody, has topped the list of highly-paid presidential earners before (although he came in second in 2009, mostly because the #1 president died and his life insurance policies got factored into the overall total); he made $3,821,886 that year. Hopkins’s current president made just under a million for his first year at the school.

Another Baltimore college president making more than a million was Kevin Manning of Stevenson University, who took home $1,491,655. That’s more than 16 times as much as the average full professor at Stevenson makes. (The average president made 3.7 as much as a full professor.) Meanwhile, the president of the University of Maryland joined other public university presidents at a recent meeting with President Obama to discuss ways to combat the rising cost of education.

The obvious question is: is it really worth it to pay these guys (and except for Joan Coley at McDaniel, they’re all guys around here) so much? According to the president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, college presidents are earning more money as their jobs get trickier; there’s “budgetary challenges, uncertainty about the sustainability of the traditional financial model, calls for further regulation, greater competition, growing student financial need, and consumer concerns about rising tuition” to deal with. Still, a 75 percent salary increase over 10 years — amid a recession no less — sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us. Your take?

Baltimore College Rankings: Everyone’s Best at Something


Yesterday, we told you about how the US News & World Report college rankings singled out UMBC as its number one “up and coming” school in the country. But that doesn’t mean that other area schools aren’t special, too. And while “the list” is most well-known for its overall rankings, its gotten more and more specific over recent years — to the point where they list the top 100 schools for legal writing, for example. Below, a round-up of Baltimore area schools and their own particular strengths, as determined by the magazine’s rankings:

  • Johns Hopkins has the #1 biomedical engineering program and the #5 environmental health program for undergrads.
  • The Hopkins public health program is the best in the country
  • The Hopkins med school is #3 overall for research, #1 for internal medicine, #2 for AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, and geriatrics.
  • What about the humanities, you ask? Hopkins has highly-ranked grad programs in US colonial history, European history, literary criticism and theory, political theory, behavioral neuroscience, and non-profit management.
  • MICA is #4 overall for fine arts schools. The departments that rank particularly high:  painting/drawing; graphic design; sculpture.
  • Stevenson joins UMBC near the top of the “up-and-coming” list, ranking #2 overall!
  • Towson‘s strongest grad programs are in audiology, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology

Commencement Speakers: The Highlights


No Oprah- or Obama-caliber superstars will descend on Baltimore this graduation season, but the speakers’ docket is still full of intriguing talent and fascinating lives. This years’ speakers include a soprano, an NFL players advocate, and a bevy of journalists and non-profit executives. A few notable speakers include:

Johns Hopkins‘ university-wide commencement on Thursday, May 26 will feature Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, columnist at the Washington Post, and New York Times bestselling author.

The SAIS ceremony — also May 26 — will include a speech by Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme.

Slated to speak at Peabody  (May 26 as well) is soprano Marni Nixon, “the voice of Hollywood,” who overdubbed the singing voices in movies including My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The King and I, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

For its May 26 commencement, the Johns Hopkins School of Education snagged Gary Knell, president of the Sesame Workshop, who helped bring Sesame Street to far-flung places including Egypt, South Africa, Russia, and China.

Goucher‘s got Dr. Ian G. Rawson, the managing director of Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti speaking on Friday, May 20.

On Friday, May 13 Stevenson will feature journalist Kimberly Dozier, formerly of CBS News and now with the Associated Press. Dozier recently penned an account of her time as a correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan — and her recovery after being wounded in a car bombing that killed a colleague.

Morgan State‘s speaker is Ruth Simmons, the first female president of Brown University and the first African American to serve as president of any Ivy League institution. The ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 21.

Towson’s commencement on Wednesday, May 25 will include a speech by Scott Pelley, who is slated to replace Katie Couric as CBS Evening News anchor.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, lends some wisdom at the University of Maryland’s graduation ceremony in College Park on Thursday, May 19.

Re-Branding Notre Dame: Name Changes and More


Big changes are brewing at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Mary Pat Suerkamp, long-time president of the school, announced her plans to step down after the 2011-12 academic year. Suerkamp oversaw the school for fifteen years — eons in the lifespan of college presidents. Over the course of that decade and a half, she oversaw a record fundraising campaign, and expanded the school’s offerings to include a handful of doctoral programs.

Suerkamp’s departure will come on the heels of another big change for Notre Dame:  as of September 9, the school will officially be known as Notre Dame of Maryland University. This re-naming is part of a larger re-branding campaign that’s aimed at getting the school’s “complex” character in front of the public eye.

As P.J. Mitchell, chair of the board of trustees, told the Baltimore Sun,  “One of the things we wanted to do was bring clarity to the brand,” she said. “People weren’t sure who we were because all they heard about was the women’s college.”

Notre Dame has always faced a bit of an uphill battle in terms of branding. For one, it shares a name with a better-known institution famous for its sports teams; our ND, in contrast, is a liberal arts college with an overwhelmingly female student body. But it’s just that reputation — for smallness, for being women-only — that the re-naming is supposed to shake up. The switch from “College of…” to “University” status is meant to highlight the school’s growing graduate programs, including newly minted — and co-ed — doctoral programs in education and pharmacy.  (There’s also the added benefit of getting rid of the current nomenclature’s awkward acronym, but no one’s putting that in any press releases.)

If all this rings a bell, that’s probably because several other educational institutions have similarly redefined themselves in recent years — Loyola College became Loyola University Maryland in 2009, and Villa Julie College switched to Stevenson University the previous year.

The Washington Post points out that market researchers have found that students think “university” sounds more prestigious than “college.” Can a name change and brand overhaul alter the way a school is perceived? We’ll keep an eye on Notre Dame to find out.


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