Higher ed secretary leaves post

Maryland's secretary of higher education will leave her post later this month for a private foundation that works to increase the number of people with college degrees across the country.

The governor's office announced Monday that Danette G. Howard would end her 2 1/2-year tenure as the cabinet secretary who oversees policy and growth at the state's colleges and universities.

Howard was appointed secretary in June 2012 after serving as interim secretary for 10 months. Starting April 14, she will be the vice president for policy and mobilization at the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, the organization said.

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Catherine McCullough Shultz to be the state's next higher education secretary. For the past seven years, Shultz has worked in the attorney general's office as the chief legal counsel to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, including representing the commission in court on legal matters.


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