J. Thomas Sadowski will become the system’s vice chancellor for economic development in May. The position was created as part of an effort to strengthen the university system’s role as an economic driver in the state, according to a news release from the system.
Sadowski has led the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) since 2008 and has focused on growing local businesses, bringing new companies to the region and pursuing government grants to support entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research, according to the university system.
USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret said in a statement that Sadowski’s economic development experience will allow him to “hit the ground running” and help focus university programs and resources on the state’s economic priorities.
Sadowski told The Daily Record that he was excited to work with the USM team. “I’m very much inspired by Chancellor Caret’s vision for the university system,” he said. “My life’s work has been in economic development and this was a tremendous opportunity.”
As vice chancellor, Sadowski will be the USM representative on collaborations between universities, industry and government; he will also staff the USM Board of Regents Committee on Economic Development and Technology Commercialization, according to the system.
Prior to joining EAGB, Sadowski served as executive director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development from 1999 to 2006; before that he was business development director for the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development from 1989 to 1999.