- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a new secretary for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Hogan announced Wednesday that James Fielder, who has served as his secretary of appointments, will take the place of Jennie Hunter-Cevera,

Hunter-Cevera, who was initially named to the post but did not get a confirmation vote from the state Senate earlier this year, will take on a new role as science advisor at the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Fielder has held previous posts in higher education. He worked at Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Flint and Towson University. He holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration from Michigan State University.

Fielder has served with four different Maryland governors from both parties. He begins his new job Thursday.

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