Steele to deliver '14 Winter Commencement address

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Former Lt. Gov. Michael SteelePRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Nov. 14, 2014) - Michael S. Steele, the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Maryland a decade ago, will deliver the University of Maryland Eastern's winter commencement address Dec. 12. 

    Steele served four years as lieutenant governor under Gov. Robert Ehrlich and as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is a frequent cable news show guest and currently co-hosts "Steele & Ungar" Saturdays at 11 a.m. on SiriusXM radio. 

    In  Ehrlich's administration, Steele worked to reform the state's Minority Business Enterprise program, improve public education system (he championed the state's Charter School law), expand economic development in the state and foster cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need.

    After leaving elected office and taking over at the RNC, the self-described "Lincoln Republican" was charged with revitalizing the Grand Old Party after Americans elected a Democratic president. During his tenure as chair, the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and Republicans won 63 House of Representative seats in Congress, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12 governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928 (over 600 seats).

    Steele's skills as a communicator have been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has also been a contributor on the Fox News Channel and was a regular host of the Salem Radio Network's nationally syndicated "Morning in America" show. He has been guest on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Comedy Central's"The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show."

    His writings on law, business and politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal,, The, The, The Washington Times, The Journal of International Security Affairs and Catholic University Law Review.

    He is the author of "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," which is a call-to-arms for grassroots America and is co-author of "The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis."

    Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Md., Steele was raised in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University ('81), he entered the Order of St. Augustine, where he studied for the priesthood for over two years. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center ('91), an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership and a University of Chicago Institute of Politics Fellow.

    Retired UMES professors Joseph M. Okoh and Gurbax Singh will be formally recognized at commencement as emeritus faculty members in recognition of their long, distinguished teaching careers.

    Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355.