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September 2012 Press Release

For immediate release: September 20, 2012
Media Contact: Greg Fitzgerald
Chief of Staff


Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2012) – The Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Danette G. Howard, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Latour as Student Commissioner of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

“Lisa will bring a great deal of experience, passion, and commitment to the Commission and I look forward to working with her in the upcoming year,” said Dr. Howard.

“(It is) my quest to assure that all citizens (are) informed of the availability of a high quality education right here in Maryland, that it is easily accessible to all learners, is diverse and affordable because sometimes life takes unexpected paths, but higher education in Maryland proves itself as the right direction to take,” said Lisa.

Since 2004, Lisa has proudly serviced the special needs students at Rachel Carson Elementary School where she began as a volunteer and was quickly hired as a paraeducator.“ Lisa is going to bring a unique perspective to the Commission,” said Commission Chairman Anwer Hasan.  “I am looking forward to her playing a critical role in our discussions regarding the growth of Maryland’s post-secondary opportunities.”

Lisa is currently a sophomore earning an Associate of Arts degree in the area of Elementary and Special Education at Montgomery College and holds a Certificate of Completion from Hallmark Institute of Photography. She is enrolled in Montgomery College’s Renaissance Scholars Honors Program and an active member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.


The Maryland Higher Education Commission is Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and university and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis.


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