Alumna named director of state Higher Education Commission

Catherine McCullough Shultz '71
March 31, 2014

McDaniel alumna Catherine McCullough Shultz '71 has been appointed acting secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland's public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that support students' postsecondary pursuits.

Shultz has devoted her entire career to public service serving as the he Principal Counsel in the Office of Attorney General at MHEC for the last seven years. As lead counsel for the commission, Shultz has advised senior staff on legal issues and has represented the department in litigation.

She was previously 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 state agencies including Juvenile Services, Health and Mental Hygiene, Aging, and Education. She also served as lead counsel in L.J. v. Massinga, involving Baltimore City’s foster care system, during its consent decree phase.

Shultz has also been recognized for her work as counsel throughout her career, including awards from Attorneys General over the last 30 years including the Exceptional Service Award in 1984 and in 2001, and Exceptional Leadership award in 2011.