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February 2008 Press Release




Higher Education Secretary to receive prestigious award

100 Black Men of Maryland to honor Lyons for years of service



Annapolis, MD (February 14, 2008)

Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., will be receiving a prestigious award from a well-respected organization that advocates for education and youth development for the young people of Maryland.

100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc., will present Secretary Lyons with one of two Heritage Awards on February 18, 2008.

“I am very honored and humbled to be receiving this recognition from such a prestigious organization whose mission is help our youth,” Secretary Lyons said. “I have committed my adult life to enhancing higher education and have continued to do so as Maryland’s Secretary of Higher Education under the great leadership of the O’Malley/Brown administration.

“I’ve never done this for personal gain. I’ve done this because it is very personal to me. It gives me great pleasure to work with students of all ages seeking to better themselves and their communities through higher education. I am pleased that the O’Malley Brown administration share this vision which is why it is an honor to be a part of this bold, innovative team.”

Governor O’Malley picked Secretary Lyons to be his Higher Education chief after a national search.

Proceeds from the Heritage Luncheon will be used to support 100 Black Men of Maryland’s Youth Development and College Access Programs. The event will be held at the Bonefish Grill located at 10906 Boulevard Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 325,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.

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