In the weeks leading up to the 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each honoree in detail here on the blog. This year’s awardee in the Distinguished Service category is Thomas Sadowski ’89, political science, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development for the University System of Maryland.
As the first person in his family to go to college, Tom Sadowski wanted to get the most for his tuition money. UMBC was his first choice, because it was close to home and first to accept his application. Now, almost three decades later, that investment is paying off in a big way. This past spring, Sadowski took over as vice chancellor of economic development for the University System of Maryland, where he works to leverage system research and build partnerships with the federal government and businesses across the state. Previously, he headed the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Harford County Office of Economic Development. He can trace his passion for his work all the way back to Dr. Sari Bennett’s course on Metropolitan Baltimore, and credits Dr. Arthur Johnson and Dr. Dennis Muniak for their committed guidance. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work on big, game changing projects throughout my career,” he says. “UMBC believed in me and gave me the tools and ability to believe in myself.” One of his proudest moments? Working with federal, state, and local leaders to protect and enhance the Army mission at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He is proud of his education, his circle of friends and colleagues, and his family. Says Sadowski: “UMBC helped shape me and gave me faith in myself to take on big challenges and build a life without limits.”