Two from SU named among Maryland’s Top 100 Women

Egan and Holmes Kriger

SALISBURY, MD—Two from Salisbury University, Dr. Chrys Egan and Jamie Holmes-Kriger, have been named among Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2019 by The Daily Record, a Baltimore-based business newspaper.

The honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of professional women who reside or work in Maryland.

Egan, professor of communication arts, holds several leadership positions at the University, including president of the Faculty Senate and co-director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (with Dr. Jessica Clark). She also leads the Youth Innovation Academy through SU’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning.

Recently, she served as co-principal investigator of a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant to form the PROMISE Academy at SU, which will recruit scientists from traditionally underrepresented groups who have recently completed their doctorates into faculty positions in the sciences.

In addition to her work at SU, Egan worked with an international cohort to develop the Capacious Model of Leadership Identities Construction, illustrating the fluidity of leadership identities over time, and has served on the board of directors of the Popular Culture Association of the South. She also has published extensively on communication and diverse leadership development.

Holmes-Kriger is SU’s associate registrar and an adjunct professor of information systems and decision sciences. Through the Registrar’s Office, she received an Aurora Foundation grant to fund SU’s Green Zone initiative, which provides faculty and staff training to provide support services for military-connected students. In addition, she co-sponsors the annual Justin McJilton Memorial Scholarship for SU students who have been touched by cancer.

Beyond the University, she is the immediate past president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ Chesapeake and Potomac chapter and has earned its Emerging Leader Award. She also serves on the Minds in Motion Children’s Museum board of directors and has been a member of Salisbury’s Ben Layton Memorial 5K committee for the past decade.

In addition to Egan and Holmes-Kriger, Kathy Kiernan, a member of SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Advisory Board and the founder of Open to the Possible Coaching and Consulting, also was named among Maryland’s Top 100 Women this year.

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