For Immediate Release February 08, 2016

Kenneth D. Kozel, president and CEO at Shore Regional Health, recently completed Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Kozel, a resident of St. Michaels, and the entire Class of 2015 at its 23rd annual graduation ceremony in December at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, in Baltimore, Md. 

Kozel was one of 47 applicants chosen by a selection committee to complete Leadership Maryland’s eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues, including education, economic development, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, agriculture and multiculturalism/diversity.

“Leadership Maryland was an extremely worthwhile experience for me,” says Kozel. “In addition to providing intensive, firsthand exposure to the issues and challenges facing Marylanders, I was able to meet and develop relationships with private, nonprofit and public sector leaders from all over the state who are equally committed to making Maryland the best state in the country.”

With his fellow 2015 graduates, Kozel was congratulated for joining the membership of Leadership Maryland by the organization’s Board Chairman, William B. Grant, Esq., CFP '02, president and CEO, First United Bank & Trust. “One of the most important lessons you learn in Leadership Maryland is that the greatest asset of our State is its people, and this year’s class is a representative sampling of the finest,” said Grant.

Leadership Maryland is open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities who have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. For more information, please visit, call 410-841-2101 or email

Leadership Maryland’s Board Chairman, William B. Grant (right) with Ken Kozel at the 2015 Leadership Maryland Graduation.