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Next semester will be held Fall of 2025

Residents and visitors can learn more about the Town’s municipal government and the services it provides by attending a series of courses that offer citizens a diverse background of Ocean City. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning the second week of September. The ten-week course is free and will cover a number of topics, including public works, public safety, tourism, finance and a variety of areas related to Ocean City’s municipal government. The goal of Ocean City University is to provide a better understanding of government’s role and relationship with citizens, as well as continue to build the relationship between government and residents to improve our community’s quality of life. A minimum of 20 students must be enrolled in the course.

Kathleen A. P. Mathias, Founder

Kathy began her career in the field of education, first at Western Maryland College in Deaf Education, Catonsville Community College in Continuing Education and Wor-Wic Community College for the Dean and the President. Her career with the Town began in 1983. She worked with 3 city managers, 5 mayors and many other elected officials, first as secretary to the City Manager and Administrative Aide to the Mayor before being promoted Assistant to City Manager, a position she held until 2010 when she was appointed City Clerk.

During her tenure with the Town, Kathy achieved many noteworthy accomplishments, but she was most proud of finishing her education at Salisbury University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1998. With her background in education and interest in life-long learning, she developed Ocean City University, a civic education program endorsed by the Mayor and Council. Kathy believed that informed citizens could improve the quality of life and make a difference in the community. The Mayor and Council agree and are pleased to see continued interest and support for this valuable program.