Governor names Bel Air man to Harford school board vacancy

Arthur Fong Kaff of Bel Air has been appointed to the Harford County Board of Education to fill the vacancy caused by the sudden death in September of the board's president, Dr. Leonard Wheeler.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the appointment Kaff on Thursday, along with the appointment of Jan Stinchcomb of Abingdon to a seat on the Harford Community College Board of Trustees.


According to background information supplied by the governor's office, Kaff is a lawyer who serves as an attorney advisor in the Ethics, Legislation and Government Information Practices Branch in the Office of the Judge Advocate General Headquarters for the Department of the Army. He is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he serves as Staff Judge Advocate at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Kaff earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York/College at New Paltz and a J.D. from the University of Bridgeport, School of Law, now known as Quinnipiac University of Law. He was active in the Asian Law Students Association and the Student Bar Association.

Kaff and his wife live in Brierhill Estates with their three children who attend Harford County public schools.

Stinchcomb serves as vice provost for undergraduate studies and faculty for the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She joined MICA as a faculty member in 1986 and has overseen the comprehensive management and coordination of MICA's undergraduate programs since 2006. In addition to teaching at MICA, Stinchcomb has also held the positions of dean of undergraduate studies and faculty, associate dean of academic affairs and foundation chair.

Stinchcomb earned an associate's degree at Harford Community College, a bachelor of fine arts degree, summa cum laude, from the Maryland Institute of Art and a master of fine arts degree from Queens College, City University of New York. She recently completed an educational management program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Stinchcomb has been involved in community planning efforts in Harford County since 1991. She served on then-Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann's Futures Growth Study Task Force in 1997 and was a member of the Coastal and Watershed Resources Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2001.

She is the founder of the Friends of Harford, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and take action on issues related to regional smart growth policies.