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Dr. Michael Brintnall and Montgomery College student Diyana Kahawita have been appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Brintnall and Kahawita replace trustees who have completed their terms on the board. Brintnall will assume the seat previously occupied by Trustee Michael Priddy, and is appointed to a term ending in 2023. Kahawita will serve one year as the student trustee.

Dr. Michael Brintnall has played a leadership role in higher education for over 30 years.  He was Executive Director of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from 2002 to 2013, where he led the establishment of the Conference on Teaching and Learning in political science as well as advanced the Association’s continuing work in promoting scholarship, public engagement, and diversity and inclusion.  In 2013, the Association established the Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award in his name to support future faculty professional development.

Dr. Brintnall’s earlier positions including Executive Director of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, an organization that promotes public service and accredits professional degrees in public administration and policy; and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC.   He previously led an office of program evaluation office at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and held a faculty appointment in political science at Brown University.

A long-time resident of Montgomery County, Brintnall is a former city council member in Glen Echo.  He now lives in Cabin John.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as President of the National Humanities Alliance and on the boards and working groups of many groups, including the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Environmental Investigation Agency, the American Society for Public Administration, and networks of schools and institutes of public administration in Central and Eastern Europe, and in Latin America.  Brintnall is an active dancer of Argentine Tango and co-edits the DC area Capital Tangueros calendar.  He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA degree from Amherst College.

Diyana Kahawita is a general studies major and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She is also a member of the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program, a selective honors program for high achieving students which emphasizes interdisciplinary learning through paired honors classes. She has presented research papers in multiple conferences including the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference, The Humanities Cherry Blossom Conference, and the Beacon Conference. She has also won the Harry Harden Jr Award for academic excellence along with excellence in Literature Award, Excellence in Philosophy Award, and Honors Scholar Award. She is passionate about giving a voice to marginalized groups in society and giving back to the community. She was motivated to apply for the board because she believes in representing the student perspective on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees.

Members of the Board of Trustees exercise general oversight for the College and establish policies for operating the College and implementing its mission. The board’s authority also includes setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the College president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates. For more information about the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, visit or contact the Board of Trustees Office at 240-567-5272.

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