Jane Margaret O'Brien

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President, St. Mary's College of Maryland since 1996. Reportedly paid in excess of $400,000 annually, making her one of the highest paid state employees in Maryland. Married with two children.

Prior Employment

  • President, Hollins College (now Hollins University), 1991-96.
  • Professor (chemistry), 1980-91, Associate Provost, 1988-89, and Dean of Faculty, 1989-91, Middlebury College.


  • Vassar College, B.S. (biochemistry), 1975.
  • University of Delaware, Ph.D. (chemistry), 1981.
  • Eisenhower Fellow, Hungary and Malaysia, 1999.
  • Fellow, Kellogg Foundation.
  • Member, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.


  • Board of Visitors, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1996-.
  • Member, Task Force on Affiliation between Historic St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1996;
  • Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, 1997-2001;
  • Committee on Building Public Trust in the Justice System, 1998-99.
  • Segmental Advisory Council, Maryland Higher Education Commission, 2002-.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Democracy, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2002-.
  • State Planning Committee for Higher Education, 2004.
  • Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
  • Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation.
  • NCAA Division III President's Council.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School.
  • Southern Maryland Navy Alliance.
  • Sotterly Foundation.