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University System of Maryland
5 Questions with DBED Secretary R. Michael Gill
5 Questions with DBED Secretary R. Michael Gill

When Gov. Larry Hogan appointed R. Michael Gill to be the new head of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, it was not the first time Gill had taken on a public role. The longtime businessman was appointed to a five-year term on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2004 and had served on the boards of numerous companies, schools and nonprofits in the area. Still, he said, to find himself in the middle of state government — leading an economic development agency for a governor who put the economy front and center — was a change in perspective. "It's almost like a movie — a big poof of smoke — and now I'm standing...