Governing Board Members
The MLDS Governing Board is made up of 14 members. Eight of those members are designated by statute, including the Chancellor of the University System, the State Superintendent of Schools, the Secretary of Higher Education, the Secretary of the Department of Labor, the Secretary of Juvenile Services, the President of Morgan State University, the Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, the Executive Director of the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the President of the Maryland Independent College and University Association. The other five members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One appointee must be a representative of local superintendents of schools and another must have expertise in large data systems and data security. The chair of the Governing Board is appointed by the Governor.
The fourteen members are:
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Secretary of Higher Education since December 17, 2015.
Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2015-; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2015-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2015-;Governor’s Warrior to Worker Council, 2015-. Chair, Segmental Advisory Council, 2015-. Member, Task Force to Study the Impact of Expanding Credit and Noncredit Courses for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2015-; College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, 2015-; Coordinating Council for Juvenile Services Educational Programs, 2015-; Correctional Education Council, 2015-; Financial Education and Capability Commission, 2015-; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2015-; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2015-; Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board, 2015-; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2015-;Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2015-; P-20 Leadership Council on Maryland, 22015-; Southern Regional Education Board, 2015-; Student Transfer Advisory Committee, 2015-; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2015-; Board of Directors, Maryland Workforce Corporation, 2015-.
Director, Office of Economic Development, Harford County, 1991-94.
Assistant Secretary for Business Development, Department of Economic and Employment Development, 1994. Acting Secretary of Economic and Employment Development, January-April, 1995. Deputy Secretary, Department of Business and Economic Development, 1995-98. Board of Directors, Maryland Small Business Development Center Network, 1992-93 (executive committee). Member, State Information Technology Board, 1995-98; Maryland Economic Development Corporation, 1995-98; Port Land Use Task Force, 1996; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98.
Acting Secretary of Business and Economic Development, April 28, 1998 to November 27, 1998. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1998; Cabinet Council for Career and Technology Education, 1998; Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1998; Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet, 1998; Maryland Economic Development Commission, 1998; Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority, 1998; Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, 1998; Maryland Aviation Commission, 1998; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1998; Advisory Council for Port Land-Use Development, 1998; State Use Industries Advisory Committee, 1998; Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, 1998; Maryland Museum of African-American History and Culture Commission, 1998; Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans, 1998.
Vice-President for Administration and Finance, Towson University, 1999-2000.
Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, March 12, 2003 to January 17, 2007. Acting Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, January 16 to March 12, 2003. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2003-07. Member, Unemployment Insurance Funding Task Force, 2003; Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2003-07; Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council, 2003-07; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2003-07; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2003-07; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2003-07; Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans, 2003-07; Governor's Interagency Council for the Nonprofit Sector, 2003-07; State Board of Pilots, 2003-07; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2003-07 (executive committee); Governor's Task Force on Centralized Bidder Registration for Minority Business Procurement, 2004-05; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2004-07; Task Force on Common Ownership Communities, 2005-06.
Town Administrator, Bel Air, 2014-15.
Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2014-15.
Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor, January 21 to December 16, 2015.
Born in Harford County, Maryland, July 2, 1948. University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., 1970, M.ED., 1972; Michigan State University, Ph.D., 1984. Director, Budget, Human Resources, and Analysis, University of Michigan - Flint, 1981-83. President, On-Campus Management, Capstone Properties, 2000-03. Chief Business Development Officer, SMART Business Advisory and Consulting, 2007-08. Regional Director, Business Development, CliftonLarsonAllen, 2008-12. Vice-President, Business Development, Woofound, Inc., 2012-13. Board of Directors, Liriodendron Foundation, Inc., 1988-91; Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 1989-91; National Association of State Development Agencies, 1997- (member, 1992-97). Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Harford County Farm Fair, 1989-96. Co-Chair, March of Dimes Walkathon, Harford County, 1990-91. Vice-President, Business and Education Advisory Task Force, Harford County Department of Education, 1992-93. President, Maryland Industrial Development Association, 1993-94 (vice-president, 1992-93). Member, Legislative Committee, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, 1990 (chair, strategic planning subcommittee); Southern Industrial Development Council, 1991-97; International Development Research Council, 1991-97; Maryland Distribution Council, 1995-98. Leadership Maryland, Class of 1998. Board of Directors, Leadership Maryland, 2014-. Vice-President, Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Harford County, 2014-. Award, Outstanding Young Men of America, National Jaycees, 1978. Who's Who in United States Business Executives, 1990. Governor's Citation, 1992, 1997. Governor's Salute to Excellence Award, 1993.
Jay A. Perman, MD, became the fifth chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) in January 2020. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Perman, a pediatric gastroenterologist, served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) for nearly a decade.
As UMB president, Dr. Perman strengthened that institution’s ties to the city of Baltimore, growing innovation-based economic development and spearheading programs to improve the health and well-being of UMB’s closest neighbors. In 2014, he established the Office of Community Engagement to coordinate UMB’s many outreach projects—with special emphasis on West Baltimore—and to leverage resources so that the university could respond quickly and effectively to community needs. In October 2019, ground was broken on a new Community Engagement Center that will serve as the cornerstone of UMB’s engagement efforts going forward. He also launched the UMB CURE Scholars program, which provides intensive mentoring for West Baltimore students interested in the STEM fields. In addition, he championed the award-winning Promise Heights Initiative, focused on preparing West Baltimore children for college and careers, and providing critical supports for their families.
Dr. Perman’s UMB presidency was marked by excellence in education and research. Each of UMB’s professional schools—medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work—has been singled out for recognition in national and international publications, most notably U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report’s Global University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. During Dr. Perman’s tenure, UMB’s extramural funding broke records; in FY 2018 and FY 2019, UMB attracted nearly $700 million in grants and contracts.
As UMB president, Dr. Perman worked closely with fellow USM institutions to advance the state’s top education, workforce, and innovation priorities. In Western Maryland, UMB partnered with Frostburg State University on its physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program, offered at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) to meet growing community demand. On the Eastern Shore, UMB partnered with Salisbury University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and others on the Eastern Shore Center for Interprofessional Education, which delivers high-quality health care while enhancing team-based training for area health providers.
UMB has expanded its offerings at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG)—including dental, social work, and nursing programs—and is a key presence at USG’s new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering building, which houses a full-service community dental clinic operated by UMB’s School of Dentistry. With the University of Maryland, College Park, UMB leads MPowering the State, a structured alliance leveraging the two institutions’ complementary strengths to create opportunities for students, advance interdisciplinary research, and solve intractable problems in Maryland and the nation. Finally, UMB has partnered with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in several areas, including social work, biochemistry, and gerontology.
As chancellor, Dr. Perman has committed to advancing higher education affordability for all students in Maryland. He also plans to build on USM’s reputation for educational innovation, particularly in research, economic development, and community engagement. Above all, he seeks to fulfill what he sees as one of his core obligations as chancellor: ensuring that every person in Maryland who wants a college education is able to access it.
Dr. Perman received his Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1972 from Northwestern University. After his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital, he completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1977.
From 1977 to 1984, Dr. Perman was an assistant professor and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He first came to Baltimore to work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, serving as a professor of pediatrics and head of several divisions between 1984 and 1996. Dr. Perman was then named the Jessie Ball duPont Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia, where he served from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he chaired the Department of Pediatrics at UMB’s School of Medicine, before leaving to become dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2004. In 2010, he returned to UMB as president.
Dr. Perman’s career includes service on many national and regional boards and committees, including chair of the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, as well as the boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is immediate past-chair of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Dr. Perman has also been active on issues involving specialized and regional accreditation—serving as chair of several Middle States review teams—and has played an active role in governance issues as chair of the USM Council of University System Presidents for the past four years.
Dr. Perman is a past president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, a former section chair of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a former executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been listed among “The Best Doctors in America” since 2001.
A native of Chicago, Dr. Perman and his wife, Andrea, a research nurse, have four adult children and nine grandchildren and reside in Baltimore.
Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools became Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on June 1, 2016 and became State Superintendent of Schools on July 1. She joined the State Department of Education last year, first as Assistant State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness and soon thereafter as Interim State Superintendent for School Effectiveness.
Immediately prior to joining MSDE, Dr. Salmon served as Superintendent of Schools on the Bay Shore Union Free School District in Bay Shore, NY.
Dr. Salmon spent more than 30 years as an educator on Maryland's Eastern Shore, beginning her career as a special education teacher in the Caroline County Public Schools. She later became a vocational coordinator and an assistant principal in the Caroline schools before moving to Talbot County as Coordinator of Services for Exceptional Children. Dr. Salmon became Assistant Superintendent of the Talbot County schools in 1997 and Superintendent in 2003.
Named the Maryland Superintendent of the Year in 2012, Dr. Salmon is the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout her educational career. Dr. Salmon holds a Ph.D. in Special Education/Administration from the University of Maryland College Park, as well as a Masters in Special Education from the same institution. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Delaware.
A native of Harford County and the daughter of an educator, Dr. Salmon and her husband John reside in Bozman, MD. They are the parents of two grown daughters: Lauren, an oncologist living in Virginia, and Rachael, a student at the University of Maryland College Park. Both children graduated from Talbot County public schools
Tiffany Robinson was appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor in July 2019. Robinson leads the Maryland Department of Labor in protecting and empowering Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, and cultivating a thriving workforce that meets the demands of Maryland's dynamic economy.
The Maryland Department of Labor has several divisions including unemployment insurance, occupational and professional licensing, financial regulation, labor and industry, workforce development and adult learning, the Maryland Racing Commission, and the Governor's Workforce Development Board. The agency employs nearly 1,650 workers and has an operating budget of more than $450 million.
Before becoming secretary, Robinson served as deputy chief of staff to Governor Hogan. In this role, Robinson was responsible for oversight of the state departments of Labor, Health, Human Services, Juvenile Services, Aging, Disabilities, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Community Development, and Education, as well as the Higher Education Commission, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Maryland Insurance Administration and the State Archives.
Robinson was previously the assistant secretary and director of the Community Development Administration at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and was director of the Community Development Administration, the designated housing finance agency for the state and the largest division within the department. In that role, Robinson was responsible for nearly $1.5 billion in annual program production, including management of the operations, administration, and financing of the state’s mortgage, residential energy, small business and local infrastructure programs, as well as affordable rental housing development and asset management.
Prior to the Hogan administration, Robinson was the administrator of Housing and Community Development for Harford County Government. Before entering into public service at the local and state level, Robinson, a Maryland attorney, was in private practice, specializing in legal matters related to securities law and real estate transactions. She served on the Maryland Advisory Committee for the United States Civil Rights Commission and on the United Way of Central Maryland Board from 2011-2013.
Robinson received her bachelor's degree in political science from UMBC and her juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of law. Originally from Missouri, Tiffany now lives in Havre de Grace, MD with her family.
Dr. David Wilson is the President of Morgan State University. Dr. Wilson formerly served as the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin Extensions. He has also served as the Assistant Provost at Auburn University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, Masters Degrees from both Harvard University and the Tuskegee Institute and a B.S. in Political Science from the Tuskegee Institute. He has received numerous awards and honors and has been a widely sought speaker and consultant on the strategic value of diversity in higher education. Dr. Wilson is a resident of Baltimore City.
Dr. Brad Phillips became MACC’s executive director on July 1, 2021. Dr. Phillips works with the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents to determine and execute strategic initiatives for the community colleges, represent the colleges at the state and national level and promote the attributes of community colleges to all Marylanders. Dr. Phillips has over 20 years of experience in higher education policy having worked at MACC since 2008 and before that at the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Dr. Phillips received his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Adventist University. He currently teaches a course on higher education public policy in the Higher Education Administration Master’s Program at Georgetown University.
Sara Fidler is President of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), a voluntary association that serves as the official liaison between sixteen independent colleges and the State and federal governments. Prior to joining MICUA, Ms. Fidler held the position of Committee Counsel to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (EHEA) Committee of the Maryland General Assembly. She also served as a Principal Policy Analyst for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services and Co-leader of the Education Workgroup. Previously, Fidler worked for the Office of the Maryland Attorney General and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2011-; Children's Cabinet, 2011-; Advisory Council to the Children's Cabinet, 2011-; Governor's Overdose Prevention Council, 2014-15. Member, Mental Health Transformation Working Group, 2011; Maryland Integrated Map (MDiMap) Executive Committee, 2011-12; Task Force on Prisoner Re-Entry, 2011-12; Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services by State Agencies, 2011-12. Board of Directors, Maryland Workforce Corporation, 2011-16. Member, Cease Fire Council, 2011-; State Child Fatality Review Team, 2011-; State Coordinating Council for Children, 2011-; Correctional Training Commission, 2011-; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Baltimore City, 2011-17; Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2011-15; Governor's Family Violence Council, 2011-; Judges, Masters and Juvenile Justice Committee, 2011-; State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 2013-; Coordinating Council for Juvenile Services Educational Programs, 2011-; State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision, 2011-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2011-17; Maryland School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council, 2011-15; Sexual Offender Advisory Board, 2011-; Maryland Commission on Suicide Prevention, 2011-; Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, 2011-; State Board of Victim Services, 2011-. Member, Advisory Board on After-School and Summer Opportunity Programs, 2012-16; Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational and Social Services, 2012-; Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, 2013-14; Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, 2013-14; Governor's Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2013-15; Juvenile Grant Planning and Review Council, 2013-19; Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2014-; Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, 2014-; Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16; Behavioral Health Advisory Council, 2015-; Work Group to Study Safe Harbor Policy for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, 2015-19; Governor's Workforce Development Board (formerly Governor's Workforce Investment Board), 2015-; Task Force to Study the Restraint, Searches, and Needs of Children in the Juvenile Justice System, 2016-17; Task Force to Combat Habitual Student Truancy, 2016-18; Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices, 2017-19; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2017-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2017-; Task Force to Study Maryland's Criminal Gang Statutes, 2018-; School Safety Subcabinet Advisory Board, 2018-; Juvenile Services Education Programs Work Group, 2018-; Work Group to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors, 2019-; Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board, 2019-. Chair, Juvenile Justice Reform Council, 2019-.
Former assistant commonwealth attorney, Sussex County, Virginia, and City of Norfolk, Virginia. Member, Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, 2002-05.
Chief Deputy Director of Operations, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, 2006-10.
Born in Virginia. Attended Monacan High School, North Chesterfield, Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S. (psychology), 1997; Arabic Language Institute internship, American University in Cairo, 1997; T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D., 2001. Member, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, 2012-. Very Important Professional, Daily Record, 2013.
Mr. Rizzi is a computer scientist who was selected by the US National Academy of Engineering as a "top 100 under 40” engineer in 1998. His primary area of concentration has been in management and analysis of large volumes of heterogeneously formatted data. In addition to his technical expertise, he is a business leader who has run technology-based profit & loss centers at SAIC and led a $1 billion strategy and planning effort for the $11 billion technology company.
Mr. Biggs is an Information Assurance Manager for Raytheon Company responsible for the protection of classified information and intellectual property. His area of specialty is the certification and accreditation of information systems and the development of policies and procedures to ensure the defense of sensitive data. He has implemented information security methodologies including FISMA, FedRamp, Risk Management Framework, DIACAP, and NISPOM for private companies and government agencies including the United States House of Representatives, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Civil Rights and Liberties and Department of Veteran Affairs. Mr. Biggs holds the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) certifications from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Mr. Biggs is married with four children.
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Susan Sterett joined UMBC as director of the School of Public Policy in August 2017. She received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches in the politics of law and courts, and has taught in the emerging field of collaboration, data sciences, and ethics. She has run workshops on cross-disciplinary collaboration to improve data analytics, and participated in working groups on law and big data. She has previously worked as a professor at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and as a program officer in law and social sciences at the National Science Foundation. She has served as co-editor of a peer-reviewed journal, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association. Currently she writes on accessing law and social welfare benefits in disaster. Before moving east, she worked as a professor, chair and associate dean at the University of Denver. She lives in Baltimore City, currently with her adult daughter and their newly-acquired dog. She and her daughter both attended and graduated from public schools, in California, Colorado and Virginia. When they can, they enjoy the Maryland parks.
Maurice Good has been an established workforce development professional for 24 years, with a primary focus on youth. Beyond his valuable program and service delivery experience, he possess 18 years in leadership and management. While residing in New York, Maurice attended, and is a proud graduate of, the City University of New York City College. He returned to his hometown of Baltimore, dedicating his skills and abilities to the critical needs of Baltimore residents.
Laurie Kendall-Ellis is the Executive Director of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. With more than 40 years of experience in healthcare and management, Mrs. Kendall-Ellis is responsible for the executive management, supervision, creative thought, strategic planning, administrative oversight and advancing the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all Marylanders through the promotion and oversight of the Physical Therapy Practice Act.
Before becoming Executive Director of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Mrs. Kendall-Ellis was the Executive Director for the following organizations: the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Institute of Private Practice Physical Therapy. She was also, for over 20 years, Principal Owner of Allied Health Rehabilitation, Inc.
Being civically and volunteer focused, Mrs. Kendall-Ellis currently serves as an election judge for Montgomery County. Her past civic and volunteer service has been as President of the West Haven Rotary Club, Director on the Board of Directors for the West Haven Community House, West Haven Chamber of Commerce, and Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce as well as President of the Greater New Haven Healthcare Council.
Mrs. Kendall-Ellis holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and in 2013, became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership.
Mrs. Kendall-Ellis and her husband Harvey reside in Bethesda and have two adult children.
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Governing Board Meeting Schedule
Pursuant to the Governing Board’s bylaws, the Board meets quarterly on the second Friday in March, June, September and December. The 2021 meeting schedule is as follows:
- March 12, 2021
- June 11, 2021
- September 10, 2021
- December 10, 2021
The Governing Board meets at 9 a.m. in the State Board of Education Conference Room in the Nancy S. Grasmick Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Notification of changes to the meeting date, time or location will be provided on this website.
Bylaws of the MLDS Governing Board
These bylaws, adopted by the members of the Governing Board, provide the rules of governance for the board during the conduct of all duties assigned under State law.