Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has named a former official in the Maryland Department of Transportation to serve as his appointments secretary.
Dennis Schrader, who previously served as the deputy secretary for policy, planning and enterprise services for the Transportation Department, will replace James Fielder. Earlier this week, Fielder was appointed as secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
“I am thrilled a person like Dennis Schrader, someone of the utmost character and integrity, will lead the office charged with filling so many key leadership roles throughout the state,” said Hogan, who served as appointments secretary during the Ehrlich administration.
Before joining the administration, Schrader, an engineer, was a director at Integrity Consulting Solutions and a faculty member at Towson University.
The shifts in the administration came after Jennie Hunter-Cevera, the acting secretary of the state higher education commission, recently resigned after 11 months in the position. A Senate committee blocked Hunter-Cevera’s nomination as the secretary of the higher education commission in March after questions were raised about her management abilities.
She has served in an acting capacity since January. Hogan would have had to resubmit Hunter-Cevera’s nomination when the legislature returns in January in order for her to continuing serving.
Instead, Hunter-Cevera was recently given a new position as science advisor to Ben H. Grumbles, the secretary of the state Department of Environment.