P.J. Hogan to Leave USM at End of September to Join National Public Affairs Firm

ADELPHI, Md. (August 31, 2015) -- Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), today announced that Patrick J. (P.J.) Hogan will leave his position as USM vice chancellor for government relations to join Cornerstone Government Affairs, a public affairs firm specializing in government relations and lobbying. Hogan joined USM in his current position after having served for 13 years in the Maryland Senate. His last day with USM will be September 30.

"P.J. Hogan has served the university system extremely well during his tenure," said Chancellor Caret. "His successful advocacy on behalf of USM has helped the system attract the state of Maryland's continued support and nurture productive partnerships with the gubernatorial administrations and members of the Maryland General Assembly. We will miss him as a valuable member of our team, and wish him well as he takes on his next career opportunity."

James L. Shea, chair of the USM Board of Regents, joined Caret in applauding Hogan. "P.J. has played a critical role in advancing the University System of Maryland, and thereby the state. He has masterfully coordinated efforts across USM to help position public higher education as one of Maryland's highest priorities. We are a stronger system because of his passion, commitment, and effective leadership."

Since joining USM, Hogan has been the chief adviser to the chancellor and Board of Regents on governmental relations policies and strategies, overseeing state and federal relations. He also chairs the USM State Relations Council, which comprises government relations officers from the system's 12 institutions.

Hogan says his decision to leave USM was a difficult one:  "This has been a phenomenal eight years. My passion for advancing higher education and USM grew significantly during my 13 years in the Maryland Senate, and led me to my position at USM. I feel good about where the system is. As one of the nation's best university systems, USM has accomplished a great deal for students and for the state."

He adds that his new position as a vice president with Cornerstone Government Affairs is a "unique opportunity to grow professionally and personally." He will play a principal role in opening a Maryland-based office for the firm and will work on a wide range of issues related to various sectors. "I am sad to leave USM and my wonderful colleagues, and excited about this tremendous opportunity to take my career to the next level."

Hogan began his public service career in 1990 as a legislative assistant handling constituent relations and legislative issues for former U.S. Representative Connie Morella. He was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1994, where he rose to vice chairman of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and chairman of the Education, Business and Administration Budget Subcommittee.

Chancellor Caret also announced today that he will launch the search for a new vice chancellor for government relations immediately.


Contact: Anne Moultrie
Phone: 301.445.2722
Email: amoultrie@usmd.edu