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James D. Fielder, Ph.D.

Fielder.pngMaryland Higher Education Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder is an effective and highly regarded executive and public servant with a passion for leading change, focused on improving the economic well-being of Marylanders through educational and business opportunity.  

He has been appointed by four Maryland governors, providing his talents and expertise in numerous leadership capacities.  These include:

  • Current Secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission;
  • Secretary of Appointments;
  • Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation;
  • Deputy & Acting Secretary for Business and Economic Development;
  • Assistant Secretary for Department of Economic & Employment Development
  • Member of Governor Hogan’s Transition Team.

He also served as Towson University’s Vice President of Finance & Administration, as well as the Director of Budget, Personnel & Institutional Research at the University of Michigan – Flint. 

Secretary Fielder received his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in Higher Education, and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.