Michael Pound is widely respected for his leadership, innovation, passion for ensuring a safe and healthy campus environment, and service to UMBC. He was an integral part of UMBC’s COVID-19 response, often providing support on a 24/7 basis. Pound led the Incident Response Team’s logistics efforts, provided guidance and expertise as a member of several response and planning committees, and was a key member of the research response team, ensuring that crucial processes and supply lines were uninterrupted. He also created UMBC’s COVID-19 training and assisted with campus testing and vaccination clinics. Pound earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Maryland, College Park.