DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


RICHARD A. BATTERTON (1929-2006)
Secretary of Human Resources, 1975-79
Secretary of Employment & Social Services, 1975

Assistant Deputy State Superintendent for Vocational Rehabilitation and Correctional Education, State Department of Education, 1989-91
Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State Department of Education, 1981-89
Director, Office of Energy Policy, 1973-75
Deputy Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1969-73
Director, Department of Juvenile Services, 1966-69
Assistant State Director, Bureau of Juvenile Delinquency Services, State Department of Public Welfare, 1965-66


Superintendent, Maryland Children's Center (Catonsville), State Department of Public Welfare, 1962-65.

Assistant State Director, Bureau of Juvenile Delinquency Services, State Department of Public Welfare, 1965-66.

Director, State Department of Juvenile Services, 1966-69. Member, Governor's Commission to Study the Educational Needs of Handicapped Children, 1966-67; State Youth Board, 1966-67; Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1966-69; Governor's Interdepartmental Council on the Handicapped, 1968-69.

Deputy Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1969-73. Member, Assateague Island Study Committee, 1971; Task Force on Fleet Management, 1971-73.

Director, Office of Energy Policy, 1973-75.

Secretary of Employment and Social Services, January to July 1, 1975.

Secretary of Human Resources, July 1, 1975 to January 1979. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1975-79. Chair, State Manpower Planning Council, 1975-79. Chair, Jobs for Veterans Commission, 1975-79. Member, Commission on the Concerns of Spanish-Speaking People, 1975-1979; Task Force to Study Legislation involving Mandatory Deposits on Beverage Containers, 1976-77.

Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State Department of Education, 1981-89. Member, Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, 1981; State Advisory Council for the Coordination of Services to the Handicapped, 1981-84; Attendant Care Program Advisory Committee, 1982-88; State Advisory Council for Handicapped Individuals, 1985-91; Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Services Coordinating Council, 1987-89.

Assistant Deputy State Superintendent for Vocational Rehabilitation and Correctional Education, State Department of Education, 1989-91. Member, Maryland Advisory Council for Individuals with Disabilities, 1991.

Born in Billings, Montana, July 26, 1929. University of Washington, B.A. (sociology), 1951, M.S.W. (social work), 1954. Vice-President, University Research Corp., Chevy Chase, 1979-80. President, Richard Batterton & Associates, a consulting firm, 1980-81. Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving, United Jewish Appeal, Inc., 1991-94. Interim Executive Director, League for People with Disabilities, 1996-98. Tutor, Maryland Mentoring Partnership; Krieger Schechter Day School. Member, Beth Am Synagogue, Baltimore, Maryland. Married; five children, five grandchildren. Died in Baltimore, Maryland, November 20, 2006.


The Richard A. Batterton Scholarship for Social Justice and Public Policy was created for the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

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