Bi-Weekly BRAC Activity Report
Date: February 25-March 7, 2008
Department/Agency: Maryland Higher Education Commission
February 25, 2008: Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons,
Sr., met with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown to discuss upcoming
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation.
February 26, 2008: Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons,
Sr., Assistant Secretary Andrea Mansfield, Grants Director Paula
Fitzwater and Director of Government Affairs Dr. Gareth Murray
attended the hearing on HB 704 in the House Appropriations
Committee with Secretary Lyons testifying in support of the
bill. House Bill 704 authorizes moneys from the Higher Education
Investment Fund to be used for initiatives to address higher
education needs related to the Base Realignment and Closure
process. House Bill 704 passed out of Appropriations on March 4.
February 26, 2008: The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Director of Communications Christopher
Falkenhagen testified with bill sponsor Senator Rob Garagiola,
Senate chair of the General Assembly’s Veterans Caucus, in
support of extending the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq
Conflicts Scholarship program – which is administered by MHEC –
to 2016 because of the ongoing conflict. This is a very popular
program and was pushed very vigorously by then-Delegate and now
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. The extension of this scholarship
program – if passed as expected – will benefit the military and
civilian personnel who will be moving into Maryland because of
February 22-March 6, 2008: Chief of Staff Dr. Kathleen Walton,
Director -- Policy Analysis and Research Dr. Michael Keller,
assistant Attorney General Cathy Shultz and Grants Coordinator
Paula Fitzwater have spent this time frame extensively shoring
up the legal and necessary responsibilities to put into the RFP
for MHEC’s BRAC coordinator.
February 26, 2008: Secretary Lyons initiated a conference call
with Karen Holt, BRAC coordinator for Harford County to see how
MHEC could best work with the county to help them secure funding
for a Higher Education Center similar to the very successful
higher education center near the gates of the Patuxent River
Naval Air Station located in St. Mary’s County.
February 29, 2008:
GEAR-UP/CPIP Coordinator Takeia Bradley met with MSDE’s GEAR-UP
coordinator to discuss the potential of incorporating activities
for the GEAR UP cohort on the importance of the impact of their
student behavior on their ability to obtain a security clearance
and information on the process of applying for a security
March 2, 2008: Dr. Michael Keller issued an RFP to obtain a
consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the need for
higher education in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware and
Washington, D.C. as a result of the pending closure of Ft.
March 3, 2008: Secretary Lyons visited DHR headquarters in
Crownsville to present the Maryland Military Installation with
higher education issues in regards to BRAC.
Media Interaction: February 27, 2008: Communications Director
Christopher Falkenhagen wrote a press release to inform incoming
BRAC personnel – as well as usual contacts -- about the
significance of extending the Veterans of the Afghanistan and
Iraq Conflict Scholarship extension bill which is administered
Two Week Look Ahead at Significant Pending Events: MHEC staff is
extensively preparing for a key meeting with officials from Ft.
Monmouth, NJ, on March 10 at MHEC headquarters.
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