Maryland Governor Martin Oâ€™Malley has appointed an Indian American woman Raaheela Ahmed as Student Regent to the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. She is one of a handful of women that have been selected for this honour in the history of the system.
With this appointment, Ahmed breaks ground as the first South Asian to serve in the role of Student Regent. Raaheela Ahmed defeated former Chairwoman Jeana Jacobs in Prince Georgeâ€™s County Board of Education elections. The selection process involved several interviews with members from the University of Maryland, College Park, the University System of Maryland Student Council, the Chancellor of the USM, and the Governorâ€™s Appointment Office. All in all, it took 10 months for the selection to be made.
She will represent over 150,000 students in 12 institutions and two regional centers.
Dr. Ahmed Nadeem runs for Santa Clara City Council
Dr. Ahmed Nadeem, a Hyderabad born business professor and former Fulbright Scholar, is running for the third time for a spot on the Santa Clara City Council. He had twice ran competitive electoral races and hopes he will be successful this time.
He had served eight years as the Civil Services Comissioner for the city of Santa Clara. He has been a professor for ten years.
Nadeem says his priorities are to bring â€œexcellent City Services, outstanding public safety, balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility, low cost utilities, neighborhoods integrity, senior and youth services, and excellent recreation and park facilities.â€
Javed Syed receives exceptional service award
Javed Syed, Director of the Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, this month received the George M. Keiser Award for Exceptional Service presented by the National Association of Probation Executives. â€œThis award is presented to administrators who have demonstrated exceptional leadership under challenging conditions which provided value, added activity or service to the organization of community they serve.â€
The CSCD oversees 8,000 probationers in the area around Corpus Christi.County judges praised Syedâ€™s work and years of service and congratulated him on the award.