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February 2010 Press Release



For immediate release: February 25, 2010                                Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511



Maryland Higher Education Commission Elects New Vice-Chair

Annapolis, MD (February 25, 2010) - The Maryland Higher Education Commission yesterday unanimously elected Dr. Joann A. Boughman as its new vice chair. Dr. Boughman replaces Dr. Donald Slowinski, Sr., who is planning to retire from the Commission.

Dr. Boughman currently serves as chair of MHEC’s Education Policy Committee.

“I think Dr. Boughman is a tremendous choice to replace Dr. Slowinski,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said. “Dr. Slowinski will definitely be missed, but his successor will surely be able to step right in and do the same outstanding job Dr. Slowinski did for so many years. I truly enjoy working with Dr. Boughman. She is extremely dedicated to MHEC and works tirelessly in her role as a Commission member and as chair of the Education Policy Committee.”

“Joann's service to the Commission and to higher education in Maryland is both long and accomplished,” said MHEC Chairman Kevin O’Keefe. “Her service includes her effective leadership of the Commission's Education Policy Committee, her contributions as a member of the Governor's P-20 Education Leadership Council, and her generous commitment of time and talent to serve on numerous higher education task forces and work groups. Her able leadership and civic commitment have been amply demonstrated time and time again.

A resident of Potomac, Dr. Boughman is Executive Vice President of the American Society of Human Genetics. Previously, Dr. Boughman was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

She is also an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a consultant to the Greater Baltimore Alliance and an advisor to the Maryland Science Center.

Dr. Boughman received her B.S. in Medical Technology and her Ph.D. in Medical Genetics at Indiana University.

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 350,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.






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