Tim Magrath, former Western Maryland field representative for U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, has been named Executive Director of the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public Affairs at Frostburg State University.
The Beall Institute was established in 2002 to promote a spirit of civic responsibility and an increased knowledge of government affairs and the political process at all levels. The Institute's initiatives include scholarships, research fellowships, internship stipends and outreach programs.
Beall, R-Md., served as Maryland's United States senator from 1971 to 1977, and previously served as the 6th District U.S. representative and a Maryland delegate. After leaving office, he continued his tradition of public service, serving numerous national, state and local initiatives, most recently chairing the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, dedicated to preserving the history of the C&O Canal. He passed away in March of 2006.
Magrath had worked closely with Senator Beall on several matters over the last 10 years, especially the rewatering of the C&O Canal terminus in Cumberland.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be considered for a position to sustain the legacy of Sen. J. Glenn Beall Jr.,” Magrath said. “I am dedicated to ensuring that the Beall Institute continues to serve as a living testimony to the Senator’s life of public service.”
Magrath has also joined the FSU faculty full time and will be teaching in the Department of Political Science. He has been a part-time faculty member since 2002.
“I am delighted to have Tim join us in this important role,” said FSU Provost Stephen Simpson. “His experience, governmental contacts, as well as his deep affection for and long association with Senator Beall, will be invaluable as the Beall Institute continues to develop in its mission.”
A 1980 graduate of Florida State University, Magrath spent two years traveling through South America before earning a master’s degree in International Development from American University in 1985. Beginning in 1982 he worked on Capitol Hill in a variety of positions, including for 10 years for the Committee on House Administration, U.S. House of Representatives, along with working for Congressman Dante Fascell and Congresswoman Karen McCarthy. Since 1995, Magrath has been field representative for Sarbanes, D-Md., who retired in January after nearly 30 years in the Senate.
Magrath replaces Nathaniel DeBruin at the helm of the Beall Institute. DeBruin left FSU this fall for a position at Marshall University.
For more information about the Beall Institute, contact Magrath at (301) 687-4080.