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November 2007 Press Release







(November 27, 2007 – Annapolis) The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) recently named Christopher Falkenhagen as its new Director of Communications. Falkenhagen comes to MHEC after more than nine years as Maryland State Senator Roy Dyson’s Chief of Staff.

“We are very pleased that Christopher has joined the MHEC family,” Maryland Higher Education Secretary Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., said. “He brings great enthusiasm, a wealth of experience, and a strong desire to make the Commission succeed. I am looking forward to working with him.”

During his tenure as Chief of Staff, Falkenhagen performed many duties, including writing policy columns and working closely with MHEC, where Senator Dyson is Vice Chair of the Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

“I am honored to work with two great leaders, Governor O’Malley and Secretary Lyons, who share a vision that Maryland’s Higher Education system is second to none,” said Falkenhagen. “Working under Senator Dyson on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee has given me a greater understanding of the many challenges – and most importantly, successes – the Maryland Higher Education Commission has had over the years. I have always had a great relationship with the MHEC staff and anticipate that relationship to grow even stronger.”

In addition to his job as Chief of Staff to Senator Dyson, Falkenhagen also worked as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Maryland since 2000 before taking the communications position at MHEC.

Falkenhagen is a graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where he received his degree in communications and minored in political science. He lives in Washington, DC.

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 300,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.

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