O'Malley appoints acting secretary of higher education

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Martin O’Malley has appointed a new acting secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Catherine McCollough Shultz, principal counsel in the Office of the Attorney General at the commission, replaces Danette Howard. Howard, who has served since 2011, will join the Lumina Foundation as vice president for policy and mobilization.    

The Lumina Foundation is a private Indianapolis-based group that focuses on higher education policy.

As lead counsel for the commission, Shultz advises senior staff on legal issues and has represented the department in litigation.

Prior to joining the Maryland Higher Education Commission, she was a member of the legal team at the Department of Human Resources for 18 years. While there,she chaired the Human Resources Practice Group, a coordinating body made up of attorneys for various state agencies. She also served as lead counsel in a high-profile case involving Baltimore City's foster care system.

Shultz has received several awards from Attorneys General, including the Exceptional Service Award in 1984 and in 2001, and the Exceptional Leadership Award in 2011.