Maryland Senator P. J. Hogan to Join USM as Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations

Patrick J. (P.J.) Hogan
ADELPHI, Md. (July 16, 2007) - University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William E. Kirwan today announced the appointment of Maryland Senator Patrick J. (P.J.) Hogan as USM's associate vice chancellor for government relations. Hogan will join USM in early August 2007.

Hogan has served in the Maryland Senate for 13 years, representing District 39 in Montgomery County. Since 2002, he has chaired the senate's Education, Business and Administration Budget Subcommittee and served as vice chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. He also chairs the senate's Joint Committee on Technology Oversight and the Montgomery County Senate Delegation. Hogan will leave the Maryland Senate August 10, 2007.

"P.J. Hogan has been an avid and effective supporter of the University System of Maryland and higher education," said Chancellor Kirwan in announcing the appointment. "He has been a strong advocate for adequate state funding for higher education generally and the university system in particular. His leadership has had a significant impact on the USM in several areas, including the increased priority higher education has received in Annapolis, state support for enrollment growth funding, investments in new program development, and funding for workforce development. In addition, P.J. was instrumental in the establishment of the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), one of USM's two regional higher education centers, and he served as a founding member of USG's Board of Advisors."

Added Kirwan: "I am confident that P.J.'s deep knowledge of higher education and the budget process, his successful legislative career, and his significant experience on Capitol Hill will serve USM well as we continue our efforts to enhance quality, accessibility, and affordability."

As USM's associate vice chancellor for government relations, Hogan will be the chief adviser to Chancellor Kirwan and the USM Board of Regents on governmental relations policies and strategies, overseeing state and federal relations for the state's public higher education system. He will develop the system's legislative agenda and implement strategies to present the agenda to the state's elected officials, Maryland's congressional delegation, state and federal government agencies, and others. In addition, he will chair USM's State Relations Council, comprising government relations officers from the system's 13 institutions.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and Maryland Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch both lauded Senator Hogan's contributions to the state. Said President Miller: "Senator Hogan's departure is a tremendous loss for the Maryland Senate and a wonderful gain for the University System of Maryland. I will miss him in the senate but regardless of where his life takes him, he will always be my very good and trusted friend."

"Senator Hogan has been a tireless advocate for higher education and I can think of no better choice for the University System of Maryland," said Speaker Busch. "There are few legislators who better know the challenges and opportunities facing the university system from the legislative perspective and he will be well received in Annapolis. While we are losing a passionate voice in the State House, the University System of Maryland is gaining a huge asset."

Hogan began his public service career in 1990 as a legislative assistant handling constituent relations and legislative issues for former Congresswoman Connie Morella. Since his election to the Maryland Senate in 1994, Hogan has worked successfully to enact several pieces of legislation promoting the state's technology business sector, including the Biotechnology Investment Act, Maryland Technology Incubator Program, and the Research and Development Tax Credit. He also earned widespread respect as a leader on education policy and funding issues. Currently, he chairs the State Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, a cooperative effort to find long-term solutions to higher education funding. With Hogan's departure from the Maryland Senate, a new chairperson will be appointed.

"In my 13 years of service in the Maryland Senate, I have developed a passion for higher education," said Hogan. "This new position will give me the opportunity to devote all of my energies and talents to helping the University System of Maryland grow as one of the world's preeminent public university systems. I am committed to ensuring that Marylanders have access to excellent and affordable higher education opportunities."

A resident of Montgomery Village, Md., Hogan received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jacquie have two children, Maura, 15, and Connor, 12.


Contact: Anne Moultrie
Phone: 301.445.2722