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Wednesday, November 23, 2005Henry P. Fawell
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Governor Ehrlich Appoints Hoffman to
University System Board of Regents

ANNAPOLIS - Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., today announced the appointment of Alicia Coro Hoffman to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. Hoffman succeeds Adela M. Acosta and will serve the remainder of a five-year team beginning July 1, 2004.

"Alicia Coro Hoffman has demonstrated her commitment to education for nearly forty years," said Governor Ehrlich. "Her federal and executive level experience, as well as her background as a teacher, will serve as a great asset to the Board."

Prior to retiring from the federal government in 1998, Hoffman was a Senior Executive in the U.S. Department of Education, holding various high level positions. From 1988 to 1996, Hoffman was Director of School Improvement Programs in the Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, responsible for $2 billion per year. With her staff of 70 to 80 education specialists, she administered over 20 grant programs in areas such as magnet schools, math and science partnerships, school dropout prevention, charter schools, and technical assistance centers. From 1985 to 1987, Hoffman was Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, enforcing federal legislation under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; Title IX, prohibiting sex discrimination; Section 504, prohibiting discrimination on the disabled, and monitoring desegregation in higher education.

In 1992, Hoffman earned the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award, the highest performance award of the U.S. Civil Service. In 2003, Hoffman was appointed by Governor Ehrlich to the Maryland Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission.  She was appointed to the Maryland Higher Education Commission in May 2004, and will step down from that office to join the Board of Regents.

Hoffman holds a M.Ed., from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was born in Cuba and arrived with her family in the United States in 1964, following the Cuban revolution.  She resides in Madison on Maryland's Eastern Shore and is active in volunteer activities.