February 2010 Press
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
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
“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,
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.