Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove, Stewart L. Edelstein, Ph.D., joins BioTalk to discuss his career, USG, and its role in the BioHealth Capital Region
Dr. Stewart Edelstein joined the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) as Executive Director in 2002 and in 2007 was named to the dual title of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland (USM).
USG is a regional campus of USM that offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine partner universities. During Dr. Edelstein’s tenure, USG expanded its number of participating universities, as well as the breadth and depth of its academic programs, and enrollment has grown significantly, to more than 3,000 students. The campus’s capacity for future enrollment growth has doubled with the recent opening of a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility, which is expanding degree and certification offerings in healthcare, engineering, biosciences, computer science and other areas.
Under Dr. Edelstein’s leadership, USG has collaborated with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to better articulate curriculum planning and degree completion initiatives within the county. An important partnership is a series of 2+2+2 programs – together with MCPS and MC – to create education and career pathways in professional fields. These initiatives place special emphasis on strengthening the pipeline for underrepresented and first-generation college student populations.
Dr. Edelstein serves on the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and as co-chair of its Economic Development Committee. He is on the board of Identity, WorkSource Montgomery, and Montgomery Moving Forward, and on the Maryland Cybersecurity Council. He served as a member of the Montgomery County Bioscience Task Force, the Montgomery County Smart Growth Initiative, and the Montgomery County Life Sciences Advisory Committee. He has been honored for his many contributions to the community by the Montgomery County Chamber, the Montgomery County Board of Education, and by the County Executive’s Hispanic Gala.
Prior to arriving at USG, Dr. Edelstein enjoyed a 25-year career at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he ultimately served as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Dr. Edelstein received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.