James Fielder Appointed as Secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission (PHOTO)
Governor Larry Hogan has appointed James Fielder as Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Secretary Fielder is replacing Jennie Hunter-Cevera, who’s new role is Science Adviser to Secretary Ben Grumbles in the Maryland Department of the Environment. Previously, Secretary Fielder served as the governor’s Secretary of Appointments for nearly a year.
According to a news release, Governor Hogan made his appointment after receiving recommendations from the High Education Commission.
“I have every confidence that Secretary Fielder will serve Maryland extremely well in his new role at the Higher Education Commission,” Governor Hogan said. “I look forward to working with him to ensure Maryland maintains its reputation for having world-class higher education opportunities. In addition, I thank Secretary Hunter-Cevera for her leadership, and know she will continue to do great work in her new role at the Department of Environment,” he said.
Secretary Fielder has experience both in the private and public sectors. He’s held positions at Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Flint, and Towson University. Secretary Fielder also has a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. He has also worked for four different Maryland governors and has held various positions including; Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Acting Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development; and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development.
Secretary Fielder assumes his new role today, Dec. 17th.
“I am honored that Governor Hogan has expressed his confidence in me and has requested that I take on the exciting role as Secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission,” Secretary Fielder said.