David H. Nevins

Occupation: President and founder of Nevins and Associates, a Hunt Valley-based public relations and marketing firm; chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

In the news: Nevins was elected head of the 17-member Board of Regents last week. He will serve a one-year term and can be re-elected. He will be the public face of the regents, who oversee the state's 11 public universities and colleges, and will promote the university system in Annapolis.

Career highlights: Nevins graduated from Towson University in 1976 and earned a master's degree in higher education administration from the Johns Hopkins University in 1977. While a Towson student, he once led a drunken Truman Capote away from a lecture after the famed author started cursing at the crowd. He also was student body president and was named the University System of Maryland's first student regent in 1975.

Nevins started his company in 1985. He was chairman of Maryland Public Television from 1995 to 1999 and president of Comcast SportsNet, the Baltimore-Washington regional sports channel, from 2002 to 2003.

He was named to the Board of Regents by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1999 and re-appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2004.

Personal: Nevins was born in Queens, N.Y., and grew up in Bethesda and Rockville. He has homes in Annapolis and Owings Mills.

Philosophy: "We need to engage those things about which we are passionate. Strange as it is, higher education is something I care about." Of the future of the university system: "We need to make sure that all of Maryland's sons and daughters have access to quality higher education."

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