[photo, Robert M. Summers, Secretary of the Environment] ROBERT M. SUMMERS, Ph.D.
Secretary of the Environment, 2011-15
Acting Secretary of the Environment, 2010-11
Deputy Secretary of the Environment, 2007-11

Secretary of the Environment, April 28, 2011 to January 6, 2015. Resigned January 6, 2015. Acting Secretary of the Environment, December 6, 2010 to April 28, 2011. Deputy Secretary of the Environment, January 2007 to April 28, 2011.

Member, Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 2009-11; Maryland Clean Car and Energy Policy Task Force, 2010; Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2010-11.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2010-15; BayStat Subcabinet, 2010-15; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2010-15; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2010-15; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2010-15. Chair, Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2010-15; Ozone Transport Commission (member, 2010-15; secretary-treasurer, 2012-15). Vice-Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2010-15. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2010-15; Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission, 2010-15; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2010-15; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2010-15; Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2010-15; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2010-15; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2010-15; Maryland Green Building Council, 2010-15; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2010-15; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2010-15; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2010-15; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2010-15; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2010-15; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2010-15; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2010-15; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2010-15; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2010-15; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-15; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011 (chair, existing infrastructure & available technologies work group, 2011); Wetlands and Waterways Program Funding Work Group, 2011; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2011-15; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2011-15; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2011-15. Chair, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2012-15 (member, 2007-15). Member, Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2012-15; Maryland Thermal Renewable Energy Credit Task Force, 2013; Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group, 2013-14; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2013-15; Coast Smart Council, 2014-15; Task Force to Study the Impact of Ocean Acidification on State Waters, 2014-15; Council on Open Data, 2014-15. Chair, Climate Change Commission, 2014-15 (member, 2010-15).

Section Head, Watershed Monitoring and Modeling Section, Technical Analysis Division, Office of Environmental Programs, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1985-88 (project manager, water quality section, 1983-85). Director, Technical and Regulatory Services Administration, 1999-2001, and Director, Water Management Administration, 2001-07, Department of the Environment. Member, Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2002-04, 2005-08.

Senior research scientist, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, 2015-. Member, Science and Policy Committee, International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas.

Member, Baltimore Regional Water Governance Task Force, 2023-24.

Born September 9, 1954. The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (natural sciences), 1976, Ph.D. (environmental engineering), 1982. Research technician, Chesapeake Bay Institute, the Johns Hopkins University, 1976-81. Research Associate, Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1981-83. Environmental science practice leader, KCI Technologies, Inc., 2015-. Member, Chesapeake Water Environment Association; Water Environment Federation. Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay Award, Governor of Maryland, 2015.

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