February 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: February 25, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC Employee Receives Award from National Veterans Group
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 25, 2009) – Dr.
Thomas “Tom” Tynan, Senior Academic Program Manager at the
Maryland Higher Education Commission, received recognition
for his work as president of the National Association of
State Approving Agencies (NASAA) for several years yesterday
in the Veterans Committee Room located in the Cannon House
Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Tynan was president of NASAA for two terms as well as
previously serving as its secretary and vice president. As
president, Dr. Tynan wrote the National Training Curriculum
for the national approving agency. It served as a
comprehensive and invaluable guide for training state
approving agencies that is still used today.
“This is a great honor for Tom and I’m obviously proud of
him,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr.,
said. “It is a testament to the fine and diligent work he
has provided for our veterans over the years. He is a
tremendous asset to MHEC.”
The typically humble Dr. Tynan said of the recognition
“apparently they didn’t forget about me,” when he received
word of the recognition.
“I am pleased to be representing Governor O’Malley, Lt.
Governor Brown, Secretary Lyons and the MHEC staff who work
so diligently and care so much about our veterans,” Dr.
Tynan said. “I’ll be with a group of state approving
agencies who advocate very strongly for veterans educational
benefits which is so important not just in Maryland, but in
the entire country.” Each state has an approving agency that
is responsible for overseeing how military education
veterans’ benefits are distributed. MHEC serves as
Maryland’s state approving agency.
“I’ve always had a desire to serve and work in state
government because state government is public service,” Dr.
Tynan said. “While I am not a veteran, I recognized that
this was a chance to help the brave men and women who did
serve in our armed forces. Our veterans are a great group of
people. I am especially grateful that I currently work in a
State in which we have an administration that has worked so
hard and cared so much for our veterans. In Secretary Lyons,
Maryland has a leader who has thrown his vigorous support
behind outstanding staff members who come to work every day
to help our veterans learn everything possible about the
many education opportunities available to them.” Dr. Tynan
pointed out the efforts of Ted Porter, Brian Gibbons and
Frank Murray who currently coordinate the state approving
agency full-time at MHEC, among other duties.
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 326,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry