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Dessie Moxley P’93

Dessie M. Moxley P’93 – A past member of the President’s Advisory Council, Mrs. Moxley is the mother of Mark ‘93.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mrs. Moxley served on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Alumni Association from 1974-1986, including a term as president from 1983-1984. 

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland since 1976, including a term as President from 1991-1993.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Garden Clubs from 1991-1997. 

She served as Co-Chairman of the Howard County (MD) Sesquicentennial Celebration and served on the Board of Directors for the Columbia Festival for the Arts.  Past directorships include the United VISION for Howard County, the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, the Maryland Community Forest Council, the Howard County 4-H Program, the Howard County Historical Society, and Choir Director of the St. James United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Moxley is the recipient of the Lady Bird Johnson Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation (2000), being named the Outstanding Home Economics Alumni of the University of Maryland (1984), being recognized for contributions and leadership to Glenelg School (1987), and selected to Judge the Philadelphia Flower Show (1997).

She is the wife of James R. Moxley, Jr. who was a founder and served as chairman of Columbia Bancorp, Columbia, Maryland.  Now a partner of Fulton Financial Corporation, Jim Moxley is a 1951 graduate of the University of Maryland and is the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award for Agriculture and Natural Resources.  He is the former President of Security Development Corporation, a firm that was active in the development of Columbia in conjunction with The Rouse Corporation.

The Moxleys live on a 380-acre farm in West Friendship, Maryland.  Their son, Mark, transferred to Washington College from Hobart and majored in history.   He is currently working as a real estate developer.  They have three other children, all of them living in Maryland.  The five grandchildren live nearby on the farm.  Jim and Dessie have traveled extensively.

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