The University announced yesterday its appointment of Douglas M. Duncan, former Maryland gubernatorial candidate (2006) and former Montgomery County Executive (1994-2006), as the Vice President of Administrative Affairs. He replaces John D. Porcari, who left the post in December to join the incoming O’Malley administration as the Secretary of Transportation.
Among other things, Duncan will oversee the East Campus development project, for which the University recently selected a prospective development partner. Having survived as County Executive of neighboring Montgomery County, where transit projects (Purple Line), highway building (ICC), and growth (sprawl) perennially emerge as hot-button issues, Duncan will be well prepared to handle the development concerns facing the East Campus project.
We wish Mr. Duncan the best of luck.