Council of University System Staff (CUSS)

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The University System of Maryland (USM) Council of University System Staff (CUSS) provides non-faculty employees of USM institutions, who are not part of a collective bargaining unit represented by a union, with a voice in the governance of the USM. Through the council, all staff have the opportunity to influence decisions affecting the System Staff's interests. 

CUSS meets approximately once per month and the location rotates among the USM campuses, each of which is apportioned representatives based on their size. The University of Maryland, College Park has three primary representatives and three alternates. CUSS representatives also serve as ex-officio members of the Senate Staff Affairs Committee. More information about CUSS can be found on this flyer and the main CUSS website.

Elections for CUSS Representatives for 2024-2026 will take place in April and May 2024. 

  • Sign up to Run for CUSS: April 26 - May 10 
  • Vote for CUSS Representatives: May 17 - May 24 

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Past Committee Work

Council Members

Aderholt, VandaliahAlternateVPAvthomps2@umd.edu2024
Ashour-Bailey, SuzanneAlternateENGRsash1@umd.edu2024
Carpenter, MeredithPrimaryVPSAmcarpent@umd.edu2024
Patricio, KaliaPrimaryVPSAkrp@umd.edu2024
Ram-Andriessens, NamrataAlternateVPAnamratar@umd.edu2024
Schrimpe, MaureenPrimaryVPSAschrimpe@umd.edu2024