St. Mary’s College of Maryland welcomed four new trustees in June: Paula Collins, Judith M. Fillius ’79, William E. Seale, and Ray Wernecke. All four will serve a six-year term of service on the College’s Board of Trustees.
“We continue to encounter individuals who are committed to higher education excellence, in general, and to that which is uniquely St. Mary's College of Maryland in particular. I am honored that the newest cohort of trustees accepted our invitation to join the Board of Trustees. Their commitment to the tradition of liberal arts and sciences coupled with their areas of expertise and life experiences will serve our students and the College well for many years to come as we solidify our place as the National Public Honors College,” said Tuajuanda C. Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College
“Each of our new trustees brings special talent and energy to the Board,” said Arthur “Lex” Birney Jr., chairman, Board of Trustees. “We welcome each of them and are excited to work together to continue St. Mary’s College’s mission of providing an outstanding educational experience as the National Public Honors College.”
Collins is a retired government relations and business executive with nearly 40 years of experience in government relations, public policy, coalition building, and strategic communications. Most recently, Collins was vice president for Worldwide Government Relations at Texas Instruments where she provided strategic advice and counsel to TI’s senior management and business unit executives on key issues and emerging policy trends in the United States, Europe and Asia with regard to international trade, immigration, education, workforce, tax, university research funding, cybersecurity, privacy, diversity and environmental issues. Prior to joining TI, Collins worked for American Express and held positions at the Business Roundtable, Eastman Kodak and the Fratelli Group, a strategic communications firm. She began her career as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill.
Collins is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in history, and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Fillius ’79 is currently the department manager for Northrop Grumman (NG) Mission Systems where she is responsible for profit and loss for the annual operating plan and long-range strategic plans. She oversees offices with multiple programs in support of the Department of Defense. Prior, Fillius was responsible for the Air Operations Center Modernization program. She provided programmatic leadership and management of the contract valued at $419M, established trusted relationships with Air Force program management team, restructured the internal management team, and streamlined internal program processes based on value stream analysis resulting in schedule and dollar savings. Fillius has also served as vice president of PRB Associates, which was acquired by Comptek PRB Associates. She was responsible for information systems, product support, human resources, training, facilities, security and database development. Fillius has 35 years of experience leading, managing, planning, testing and deploying system capabilities in response to Department of Defense customer requirements. Prior to entry into the defense industry, Fillius was employed by St. Mary’s College of Maryland as an admissions counselor/public relations assistant.
Fillius holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, majoring in social science, and a secondary education certificate.