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Joseph Maurelli to Chair Marymount’s Board of Trustees

Friday, March 16, 2012
Arlington, VA -- Joseph Maurelli, former chairman, president, and CEO of Techmatics, Inc., has been elected to serve as chairman of Marymount University’s Board of Trustees, effective March 15, 2012. He joined the board in 2007.

Mr. Maurelli built up Techmatics, which provided information technology solutions and advanced engineering services to government clients, from $200,000 in revenue and 12 employees in 1983 to $75 million in revenue and nearly 1,000 employees in 1998, when the company was sold to Anteon International Corporation. Mr. Maurelli stayed on to lead the company for two more years, during which time its revenues grew to more than $500 million. It was later bought by General Dynamics, becoming General Dynamics IT.

In 1990, Mr. Maurelli was selected as KPMG Peat Marwick's High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of high technology business in the Washington area.

Mr. Maurelli’s education and early career focused on naval architecture. After earning a B.S. in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the State University of New York Maritime College, he completed his U.S. Navy service in the merchant marine. Mr. Maurelli later earned an M.S. in Engineering Management at The George Washington University. After his naval service, he worked as a nuclear engineer on submarines at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Virginia, before coming to Washington, DC, as a civilian project supervisor and ship designer for the U.S. Navy. For ten years, he served as the chief naval architect developing the Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers. Mr. Maurelli left government service in 1983 to join Techmatics, where he quickly became the president and CEO.

After retiring from Techmatics, Mr. Maurelli did consulting work and served on a number of boards, including those of the Professional Services Council, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Virginia Opera. He also chaired Marymount University’s School of Business Administration Board of Visitors. The author of numerous technical articles, he is an active member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Navy League of the United States.

Mr. Maurelli is assuming the chairmanship of Marymount’s Board of Trustees as Barry J. Fitzpatrick, a retired banking executive, steps down. Mr. Fitzpatrick has been a member of Marymount’s board since 1996, serving as its chairman since 2002. He spent 35 years with First Virginia Banks, Inc., where he rose to the position of chairman, president, and CEO. With the acquisition of First Virginia Banks by BB&T Corporation in 2003, Mr. Fitzpatrick became chairman of the board of BB&T Virginia and a member of the board and the executive committee of BB&T Corporation. Mr. Fitzpatrick retired from BB&T of Virginia in 2004 and from the board and executive committee of BB&T Corporation in 2010. His professional and community service includes three years on the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond and 10 years as a member of the board of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. At Marymount’s 2011 Commencement Ceremony, Mr. Fitzpatrick received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his outstanding integrity and leadership in the banking industry and his dedication to excellence in higher education.

Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount University, notes, “The Marymount community is grateful to Barry Fitzpatrick for his vision and years of wise leadership. And we are delighted now that Joe Maurelli is stepping forward to lead our Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with him to make Marymount an even stronger university, as we continue to serve the needs of our students, community, and nation.”