Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed three more cabinet secretaries, with only two more of the top jobs left to fill.
Hogan named Carol Beatty as secretary of Department of Disabilities, David Garcia as secretary of Department of Information Technology; and Jennie Hunter-Cevera as secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission, where she is already acting secretary.
Yet to be named are secretaries at the State Police and Department of Natural Resources, where the initial nominee withdrew.
Carol Beatty has served as the executive director of The Arc of Howard, a private, non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support services for more than 750 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Beatty has a physical disability as a result of contracting polio as a baby.
David Garcia is the president and chief executive at NMR Consulting, which he founded in 1996. For more than 20 years, Garcia has worked in both technical and management roles in the high-tech arena.
Jennie Hunter-Cevera has more than 20 years of professional experience in research and development, as well as public policy leadership in the life sciences and pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. She is the founder and CEO of Hunter-Cevera and Associates, a consulting company whose clients included major universities, government agencies, and biotechnology companies.
Hunter-Cevera was one of three individuals put forward by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
The press release from the governor’s office contains more details about the nominees.
Will David Garcia completely divest himself of his private industry connections upon taking the appointment? He should not manage a statewide IT organization that holds countless millions of IT contracts for IT vendors such as NMR and have an interest in that organization in any capacity.