Dennis R. Schrader was appointed to the Howard Community College Board of Trustees for a six-year term effective July 1, 2011, and is serving as the board’s vice-chair and chair of the legislative and community relations committee for fiscal year 2015. He is currently a director at Integrity Consulting Solutions and a faculty member at Towson University. Mr. Schrader has served as deputy administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Schrader also served as Maryland's first director of homeland security and is credited with the establishment of the office and introducing efforts to improve public safety communications and advance information sharing within Maryland.
Prior to his work with homeland security, Mr. Schrader had 30 years of experience in engineering administration. He spent 16 years at the University of Maryland Medical System in various leadership posts, including the vice president of project planning and development. He began his career in the auto industry with General Motors after attending Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He then joined the U.S. Naval Civil Engineer Corps where he remained on active duty until 1987 and retired as a Captain in 2007.
In 1994, Mr. Schrader was elected to the Howard County Council, serving one term. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Schrader received a master's degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a licensed professional engineer and resides in Columbia, Maryland, with this wife Sandra, a former Maryland State Senator, and their daughter, Whitney.