Press Release - USM Names Director of Legislative Affairs

December 5, 2000

USM Names Director of Legislative Affairs

Janet Q. Bacon, former deputy director of administration for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, has been named director of legislative affairs for the University System of Maryland. Bacon began her new position on December 4.

Bacon, who has more than 20 years' administrative experience in budgetary and legislative affairs for the state, will assist USM Associate Vice Chancellor for State Relations Frank Komenda in the development and implementation of the USM's legislative agenda. That agenda includes the capital and operating budgets for the USM's 13 institutions of higher education, as well as various legislative efforts that impact USM students, faculty, staff, and programs. Bacon's appointment fills a staff vacancy in the USM Office.

USM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg welcomed Bacon's arrival, saying her analytical skills and extensive experience in state government will serve the System well in Annapolis.

"We're extraordinarily fortunate to have someone at Janet's level come over to the System to assist us," Langenberg said. "Between Janet and Frank Komenda, we have one of the best, most experienced legislative teams of any public institution in Maryland. I'm confident that this appointment means that we're going to get even more positive things done for our institutions."

Bacon served as a deputy director for Parole and Probation beginning in 1995. In that role, she directed the preparation of the division's $65 million budget for 1,400 employees and monitored its expenditures. She also negotiated contracts and agreements with various federal and state agencies, and directed the human resources and information technology operations for the division. She provided oversight for the collection and disbursement of millions of dollars in reimbursement and supervision fees for the agency.

Prior to that position, Bacon served as assistant director of the Bureau of Special Operations for the Parole and Probation Division, from 1991 to1995. Before that, she served as an administrator for the Maryland Parole Commission for 12 years beginning in 1979.

Bacon holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in French from Morgan State College. She resides in Baltimore.


Chris Hart
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