Goucher President to Step Down

Goucher College President José Bowen will step down on June 30, 2019, after five years at the helm of the liberal arts college.

“There is never a good time to leave, and this was not an easy decision for me,” he wrote in a letter to the campus community. “I believe it is time for a change of direction for me personally, as I remain deeply passionate about my research, scholarship, music and teaching. I will leave Goucher to focus on that and particularly to spend more time finishing my next book, which is largely about the work we have done together at Goucher.”

Citing such accomplishments as an increase in the size of the student body, a new curriculum, new facilities, increased diversity, a 0 percent tuition increase, the Goucher Video Application and the launch of a $100 million campaign, Bowen noted, “It has been a whirlwind.”

‘Gator Bites’ Premiere with Opening of C&R Pub

Towson gained one of the area’s first country bars in November, with the opening of C&R Pub at 1 Pennsylvania Ave. in Towson Commons, between Chipotle and Den Da Coffee.

The former Federal Hill pub features live music and “American fare with a bit of a Southern vibe to it,” says manager Phil Voneiff. Menu items include rotisserie chicken, a “rattlesnake burger” with jalapeño bacon and crab dip and “gator bites” — tender bits of alligator tail served with a zesty gator sauce.


Ereni Gleason Malfa to Head St. Paul’s School for Girls

In November, the St. Paul’s Schools’ Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Ereni Gleason Malfa, ’89 as the next Head of School at St. Paul’s School for Girls. She will assume the role on July 1, 2019.

Ereni is a lifelong educator and school administrator with 24 years of distinguished service at Roland Park Country School, an independent school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12. She has served as head of the Upper School since 2011. She strengthened the curriculum, enhanced the visibility of the school and introduced new programs including a STEM Institute and Foreign Language Certificate. Importantly, she has established a high level of cooperation with the Bryn Mawr School and Gilman School as the primary administrator responsible for facilitating tri-school coordination.

With the recent unification of the boards of the St. Paul’s Schools, Ereni will join a soon-to-be-appointed president of the St. Paul’s Schools and St. Paul’s School Headmaster Dave Faus in a coordinated leadership team that will seek to capitalize on the opportunities created by unification.

Alison Merani Named Maryland’s School Health Nurse of the Year

Alison Merani, school nurse at Pikesville High School, was recently honored as the 2018-2019 Maryland School Health Nurse of the Year.

A graduate of Dulaney High School and Towson University, Alison is a resident of the Springlake community. She has been the school nurse at Pikesville High for the past four years and is a 14-year veteran of Baltimore County Public Schools. She also was a longtime volunteer at Pot Spring Elementary School with the PTA’s Wellness Committee. 

“Nurse Merani is an extraordinary nurse who demonstrates compassion, dedication and boundless energy in her work to advance health outcomes for the Pikesville High School community,” noted Eileen Ertel, the supervisor of health services for Baltimore County Public Schools, who nominated Alison for the honor.


Groundbreaking at Broadmead

Broadmead, a senior living community in Hunt Valley, had a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 26, announcing the new Hillside Homes and Community Master Plan. Broadmead will expand its independent living, assisted living and comprehensive care, as well as upgrade and renovate the Broadmead Center. The Hillside Homes, 52 new independent living apartments, will be available for move-in in 2020. The Master Plan will transform Broadmead, adding greatly upgraded dementia and health and wellness curricula along with the best-in-class senior living services the residents have come to expect.