MS. GLORIA APARICIO BLACKWELL
Second Vice Chair
(2009 - 2020)
Ms. Gloria Aparicio Blackwell was re-elected Second Vice Chair of the board for the 2016-2017 term. She was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2009, for the remainder of a term of six years from July 1, 2008, and was reappointed to serve a full six-year term in 2014.
is the Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of
Maryland College Park under the Division of Administration & Finance. She has worked for the University more
than 19 years. Her primary role is to
contribute to the University’s commitment to the land grant mission, as well as,
the overall efforts in making the University of Maryland a “Greater College
Ms. Aparicio Blackwell
earned an associate’s degree in safety and fire science from Instituto
Tecnológico de Seguridad Industrial in Venezuela and a bachelor’s degree in
industrial technology with a concentration in safety and fire science from
UMD. In addition, Blackwell earned a
M.S. in management from University of Maryland, University College. Prior to
joining the University in 1997, Gloria worked in safety and fire management at
Potomac Electric Power Company and for higher education institutions, including
American University and Montgomery College (as a student worker).
Blackwell has recently received the prestigious President’s Distinguished Service Award under
the category of Public Service at the University of Maryland adding to other
awards such as UMD’s Outstanding Woman of Color Award.
Outside of her
University service, Gloria volunteers with several organizations, she is a
member of the Board of Trustees from Montgomery College, is a graduate and
board member of Leadership Maryland and Leadership Montgomery, in addition to
serving as a board member of the International Town/Gown Association.
To maintain work/life balance, she is an avid runner/walker and more importantly, finds time to
enjoy family and friends. Gloria
Aparicio Blackwell resides in Gaithersburg with her husband, Stephen Blackwell.