PATRICIA S. FLORESTANO, Secretary of Higher Education since 1995.

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Patricia S. Florestano is Secretary of Higher Education for the State of Maryland. Before appointment to that position on June 21, 1995, she served as Professor of Public Affairs and Senior Research Fellow in the Schaefer Center for Public Policy of the University of Baltimore, 1994-95. Dr. Florestano was Visiting Professor, University of Baltimore, 1991-94. At the University of Baltimore, in the undergraduate program, she taught state and local politics and Maryland government and politics; in the graduate program, she taught bureaucracy and politics and urban management. She also has taught at the Government Executives Institute, University of Maryland, and the Senior Executives Institute, University of Virginia.

Dr. Florestano served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Maryland System from 1985 to 1991. She also served as Director of the University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Service from 1979 to 1984.

Secretary Florestano received her Ph.D. in public administration and American government from the University of Maryland in 1974; her M.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland in 1970; and her B.A. in American civilization from the University of Maryland in 1958. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, past president of the American Society for Public Administration, and past chair of the Urban Affairs Association. Co-author, The States and the Metropolis (1981). Married; two children.

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