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June 2007 Press Release





Leslie Bennett and Dean Kendall to Assume Activities Related to State Workforce Issues



Annapolis, MD (June 8, 2007) – James E. Lyons, Sr., Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) today announced the appointment of Leslie Bennett as Associate Director for Career Education and Dean Kendall as Associate Director for Workforce Development. Mr. Bennett will direct the Commission’s activities related to Private Career Schools, and Mr. Kendall will be primarily responsible for those activities related to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB).

“We are delighted that Mr. Bennett and Mr. Kendall are assuming these new responsibilities,” said Secretary Lyons. “We are confident that they will contribute to our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of service that MHEC provides to the citizens of Maryland.”

Dean Kendall joined Commission staff in 2002 after 15 years in education and the broadcasting industry before that. He has taught Speech Communication at Harford Community College and Broadcast Journalism for private career schools including the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in Baltimore. As a Director of Education, he was instrumental in negotiating articulation agreements, helping to develop admissions and student databases, as well as developing various curricula.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Bennett served in a number of positions over a 24 year period at the Commission including Education Analyst for the Career and Workforce Education division, Program Manager for the State Scholarship Administration, and Assistant to the Commissioner of Higher Education. Before coming to the Commission, Les was Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at McDaniel College and Associate Director of Admissions at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and for private career schools.


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