Rushern Baker heads to Japan to give graduation speech at UMUC outpost


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (Jeffrey MacMillan)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is en route to Japan to deliver a commencement address Saturday at the University of Maryland University College campus in Okinawa.

UMUC, based in Prince George’s, is one of the largest providers of education to the U.S. military worldwide and serves 50,000 active-duty military service members, reservists, veterans and their families.

The university is paying Baker’s expenses, said spokesman Scott Peterson. While Baker is out of the country, Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seamon is acting county executive, Peterson said.

“My trip highlights the international impact that Prince George’s County businesses, institutions and people are having throughout the world,” said Baker in a written statement. He will return early next week and is slated to deliver his annual “state of the county” address Wednesday.

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