John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr.

2024 Commencement Speaker

John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr.

Baltimore County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr., Ph.D., Class of 2004, will deliver the keynote Commencement address at Goucher College’s Class of 2024 Commencement ceremony.

As a Goucher graduate, Olszewski has strong ties to the Goucher community and previously served as a Goucher College Board of Trustees member. A former public-school teacher and member of the Maryland House of Delegates, Olszewski was elected as the 14th Baltimore County executive in 2018 and re-elected in 2022. In the legislature, Olszewski served as the chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation and was the youngest person ever elected to that position. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for the county in areas such as economic development and school board reform. 

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