Catherine M. Shultz – Acting Secretary of
Catherine McCullough Shultz was appointed Acting Secretary
of Higher Education by Governor Martin O'Malley on April 10,
2014. In this role, she serves as the chief executive of the
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the State’s
postsecondary education coordinating agency, and provides
leadership for the State’s $110 million financial aid
program, oversees the approval of new academic programs and
institutions seeking to operate in Maryland, and advises the
Governor and legislators on higher education policies and
Catherine Shultz has devoted her entire career to public
service. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Shultz served
as MHEC’s Assistant Attorney General and Principal Counsel
for seven years. Prior to joining MHEC, Ms. Shultz was a
member of the legal teams at the Department of Human
Resources, State Archivist, and Clerks of the Court.
Additionally, she served as the Interim Secretary of Human
Resources at the beginning of Governor O'Malley's
Shultz has also been recognized for her work as counsel
throughout her career, including awards from Attorneys
General over the last 30 years including the Exceptional
Service Award in 1984 and in 2001, and Exceptional
Leadership award in 2011. Her special assignments have
included migrant education, criminal justice reform, and
child welfare court reform. Also, she was a member of the
team that investigated and civilly prosecuted individuals
involved in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s.
Catherine Shultz graduated cum laude from Western Maryland
College (now McDaniel College) in 1971 and received her J.D.
from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1980. Prior
to attending law school, she was a guidance counselor and
Ms. Shultz currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her
husband, and has two grown children.