Coalition Advisory Committee Member

Virgil Boysaw, Jr.

Virgil Boysaw, Jr., a native of Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Gambrills, Maryland, currently serves as the Cecil County Drug Free Coordinator for the Cecil County Health Department. He served in management in both the private sector (Retail Sales) and the public sector for over 35 years.

Virgil holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowie State University. His professional work experiences have prepared him to serve in the areas of leadership and administration. Before working in Cecil County, Virgil served as the Director of Juvenile Services for the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. He was responsible for the oversight of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Initiative that addressed the rate of minority representation in the juvenile justice system and the Community Conferencing grant that allowed victims, offenders, and their respective supporters to resolve their own conflicts safely and in their own communities. Also, Virgil served as the Prevention Services Program Manager for the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, and Program Supervisor for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Virgil managed both the Maryland Prevention Block Grant, the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework Grant (both from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]), and monitored the Maryland College Drinking Initiative. In addition, he managed several community-based initiatives including the Disaster Relief Initiative (Fort Meade), the Anne Arundel County Hotspot Initiative (Severn, Md.) and the Strengthening Families Initiative (county-wide).

In addition, Virgil has experience in both federal and state grant writing. He was the National Prevention Network representative for the State of Maryland; therefore, he acted as the liaison for Maryland to Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), SAMHSA, and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD).

Also, Virgil is an Adjunct Faculty staff member teaching Adult Basic Skills for Anne Arundel Community College and recently was appointed a voting member of the Neighborhood Youth Panel of Cecil County.

Virgil believes that Cecil County can and will be the best example of true partnerships and collaborations for all Maryland. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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