News Release: Steve Ports ‘83 named McDaniel College Alumnus of the Year

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October 23, 2017

Oct. 23, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Steve Ports of Severna Park, Md., is a 1983 alumnus of the college 

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel College has named Steve Ports of Severna Park, Md., Alumnus of the Year for 2017. 

A political science major, Ports has dedicated his career to shaping public policy for the common good, and has served in high-impact roles within the State of Maryland. He got his start working in the political arena through an internship his junior year with U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts. After receiving his bachelor's degree from McDaniel in 1983, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore in 1985.

He worked as a committee staffer and budget/fiscal analyst with the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services, where he tackled complex issues like health care delivery and financing, as well as income and property tax reform. He then went on to serve as chief of staff and legislative assistant to President of the Maryland Senate Mike Miller. 

Most recently, he was the principal deputy director at the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, where he led innovative efforts to improve care for patients and reduce costs. He is currently an independent health care policy consultant.

For more than three decades, Ports has also played bass in The Klassix, a band that specializes in high-energy rock, jazz, and pop music that has entertained at many of Maryland’s premier party events. 

He served for 15 years on the Alumni Council at McDaniel and received the college’s alumni college service award in 2008.

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McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.