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Barry P. Gossett - Honorary Degree Recipient

Barry P. Gossett '62

Barry P. Gossett '62

For more than 50 years, Barry P. Gossett ’62 has tirelessly supported the University of Maryland, whether in boardrooms or the stands at Terp basketball and football games.

Along with his late wife, Mary, Gossett has been a benefactor to schools, colleges and programs across campus, including the A. James Clark School of Engineering; Robert H. Smith School of Business; Department of Physics; University Libraries; Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House; and Omicron Delta Kappa honor society.

Gossett has been a member of the Terrapin Club since 1971, providing unwavering support for Maryland’s student-athletes, and in 1998, the football team house adjoining the stadium was renamed the Gossett Football Team House. In April 2018, the Gossetts made a historic gift to Maryland Athletics to establish an innovative, three-part support model for the academic success of student-athletes through the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence.

He is the retired chairman and CEO of Baltimore-based Acton Mobile Industries, suppliers of portable offices, construction trailers and commercial modular buildings. Prior to Acton, he served as chairman and CEO from 1969-2002 of Williams Scotsman Inc., a national company in the modular building and mobile office industry. He is a charter member of the Modular Building Institute, where he served on its board of directors and as president, received its Outstanding Achievement Award and was elected to the MBI Hall of Fame.

A past chairman of the University System of Maryland Foundation and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Gossett previously served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. He sits on the board of the University of Maryland Medical Center Foundation, Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, Board of Rosedale Federal Saving and Loan Association and Babe Ruth Museum, and on the executive board of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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