In 2010, Edmund (Skip) Coale, III was appointed to the board of trustees for a six-year term ending in 2016 and currently serves as the board’s vice chair, as well as chair of the board’s legislative and community relations committee. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) with Coale, Pripstein, and Associates, PA and has more than 35 years of experience, specializing in federal and state taxes, issues of closely held businesses, accounting software, start-up assistance and consulting, financing and capital structure, and general business consulting. Mr. Coale is an active member of the Maryland Association of CPAs and has served on a number of committees for the association, including the Management of an Accounting Practice Committee, the Sole Practitioner Committee, and the Professional Ethics Committee of which he served as chairman.
In addition to his current role on the Howard Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees, some of his current and past activities include serving as the treasurer and member of the board of directors of the James Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund (JREF); treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Urban Rural Transportation Alliance, Inc. (URTA); charter president, treasurer, sergeant at arms, and newsletter editor of the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent; and treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Coale is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Howard County and is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America. Skip was recognized as the 2001 Accountant Advocate of the Year for the State of Maryland by the U. S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized in 2010 as a Washington Smart CPA. The Baltimore SmartCEO magazine also recognized Skip as one of Maryland's Smart CPAs in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Coale attended Catonsville Community College and then went onto the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1969, Skip was drafted into the United States Army and served in South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and returned to the University of Maryland to finish his studies. Skip graduated from the University of Maryland College of Business and Management in 1973.