For immediate release: July 9, 2008
Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
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Maryland Higher Education Commission names BRAC Coordinator
(Annapolis, MD) July 9, 2008 – Higher Education Secretary James
E. Lyons, Sr., today welcomed a longtime educator, counselor,
published author and veteran of the U.S. Army as its Base
Realignment and Closure (BRAC) coordinator.
John S. Stephenson, PhD., a resident of Chestertown, MD, will
work closely with Secretary Lyons and MHEC staff on BRAC issues
as they relate to higher education in the State. Secretary Lyons
serves as a member of Governor O’Malley’s BRAC Subcabinet which
is chaired by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, a decorated veteran of
the Iraq War and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he
continues to serve.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Stephenson has joined the MHEC
family,” Secretary Lyons said. “He is highly qualified to take
on this challenging, but exciting position. His diverse
background will make him a good fit for our BRAC coordinator.”
In his position, Dr. Stephenson will serve as a conduit between
the O’Malley-Brown administration and MHEC in a series of
different capacities. Before his official start date, Dr.
Stephenson has already attended a joint legislative BRAC
oversight committee meeting and has met extensively with MHEC
staff who served as interim-BRAC coordinators in addition to
their other duties for the past nine months.
“It will be an honor to work with Governor O’Malley and Lt.
Governor Brown,” Dr. Stephenson said. “This administration’s
approach to BRAC has been especially impressive. Their vision
and vigor in making sure that Maryland is ready for BRAC is
really quite extraordinary and shows remarkable leadership.”
Dr. Stephenson is an experienced and successful small business
developer and owner as well as a renowned expert in helping
professionals and middle to upper level managers and executives
in regards to change, leadership, team-building, stress
management and interpersonal relationships. He also created the
College Prep Institute to assist students transitioning to
college and he is nationally recognized on issues of personal
loss and transitional change. His publications include A Wise
Parent’s Guide to College Success; Intentional Change: Personal
and Professional Coaches Describe Their Work and Their Lives
among many others. His legislative experience includes
co-writing, lobbying, and helping to pass a Maine law governing
the licensing of mental health professionals.
In addition to his years of service in the Army, Dr. Stephenson
earned his Doctorate in Sociology at The Ohio State University;
his Masters in Sociology from the University of Denver and his
Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University. He was also a
professor in the Department of Sociology at San Diego State
University where he received outstanding teaching evaluations
and was awarded Professor Emeritus status. Dr. Stephenson has
also been a faculty member at the University of Texas, Dallas,
and Coach University.