[photo, Karen R. Johnson, Secretary of Higher Education] KAREN R. JOHNSON SHAHEED, J.D.
Secretary of Higher Education, 2000-03

Secretary of Higher Education, July 1, 2000 to July 11, 2003. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2000-03; Cabinet Council for Career and Technology Education, 2000-03; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2001-03; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2001-03. Chair, Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-01. Member, Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education in Maryland, 2000-01; Education Coordinating Committee, 2000-03; Education Coordinating Council for Correctional Institutions, 2000-03; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2000-03; Maryland Higher Education Investment Program Board, 2000-03; State Information Technology Board, 2000-03; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2000-03; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2000-03; Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, 2000-03; Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 2000-02; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2000-03. Chair, Segmental Advisory Council, 2000-03. Member, Visionary Panel for Better Schools, 2001-02; Maryland Education Council, 2001-03; Advisory Board, Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2001-03; Southern Regional Education Board, 2001-03.

Assistant attorney general, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, 1994-95. Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Policy and Programs, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, 1995-96. Assistant Chief of Staff, Governor's Office, 1996-98. Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor's Office, 1998-2000.

Chair, Governor's Task Force to Study the Injured Workers' Insurance Fund, 1999-2000. Member, Strategic Committee on the State Plan for Higher Education, 1999-2000; Prince George's County Hospital Authority, 2008-10; Public Employees' and Retirees' Benefit Sustainability Commission, 2010-12.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 3, 1963. University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1985; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1988 (editor in chief, Maryland Law Forum). Former member, American, National, Maryland State, Baltimore City and Monumental City Bar Associations. Associate, Brown, Goldstein, and Levy, 1991-94; Frank, Bernstein, Conaway, and Goldman, 1988-91. Pro bono attorney, Maryland Disability Law Center, 1989-92; House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, 1991-93. General Counsel & Vice-President for Government Relations, National Labor College, 2003-07. Interim Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Bowie State University, 2010- (vice-president & general counsel, 2007-10). Member, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, 1996-. Board of Directors, Morton Street Foundation, 2001. Member, National Association of State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2001- (vice-chair, access & diversity committee, 2002-). Fellow, Leadership Academy, Maryland State Bar Association. Carver-Washington Award, Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association, 2001. Outstanding Alumna of the Year, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2001. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2002. Board of Trustees, Fountain Baptist Church, 1996-.

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