Secretary of Natural Resources, March 7, 2003 to January 17, 2007. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, January 20 to March 7, 2003. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2003-07; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2003-07. Chair, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2003-07; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2003-07; Rural Legacy Board, 2003-07; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2003-07. Member, Governor's Pesticide Council, 2003; Task Force to Study Alternative Living Arrangements for Children in Out-of-Home Placement, 2003-04; Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2003-04; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2003-04; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2003-05.
C. Ronald Franks, Secretary of Natural Resources, 2003.
Member of House of Delegates, 1991-95, representing District 36 (Queen Anne's, Caroline, Cecil, Kent & Talbot Counties). Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1991, 1993-95 (transportation subcommittee); Judiciary Committee, 1992.
Former member, secretary, president, State Board of Dental Examiners. Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2002-03.
Born in Washington, DC, February 6, 1942. Attended Western Maryland College; University of Maryland College Park; Georgetown University Dental School, D.D.S., cum laude, 1966. Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (dental equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa). Served in U.S. Air Force Dental Corps, 1966-69. Dentist. Owner, Winchester Creek Outfitters, a kayaking and fly-fishing business, Grasonville, 2000-08. Chief Examiner, Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. Former member, National Accrediting Committee for State Dental Programs; Eastern Shore Health Planning Council. Eastern Shore representative, Dental Advisory Council to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Founder and teacher in Dental Assisting programs at Chesapeake Community College. Former member and officer, PTA; nominated to Anne Arundel County School Board. Member, Advisory Board for Health and Physical Education, Chesapeake Community College. Member, Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce; Maryland Farm Bureau, 1975-; Moose. Clinical Diligence Award for Outstanding Clinician, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Married; two daughters; three grandchildren.
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