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Goucher College Selects Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as the 2015-16 Hughes Center Politician-in-Residence

Goucher College
September 10, 2015

Goucher College is pleased to announce Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot will serve as the 2015-16 Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center politician-in-residence.

He will begin his residency on Monday, September 14, by guest lecturing in a political science course on the centrality of state politics in citizens’ lives. He also will have lunch with a group of political science majors and meet with Goucher College President José Antonio Bowen.

“This is a fantastic program and a great opportunity to start a dialogue with the next generation of leaders,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with students and hearing their perspective on Maryland’s future.”

Over the academic year, Goucher students will attend a meeting of the Board of Public Works and spend a day at the comptroller’s office learning about the day-to-day operations of the state’s fiscal agency from key staff members. Additionally, Goucher College will host a policy forum about Franchot’s post-Labor Day school start initiative on Wednesday, October 28.

Franchot has served as Maryland’s comptroller since 2007. As the state’s chief fiscal officer and chief tax collector, he is focused fiscal responsibility, tax fairness, and ensuring efficient taxpayer services. He serves on the Maryland Board of Public Works and is vice-chair of the state retirement and pension system of Maryland.

Prior to his election to statewide office, Franchot served 20 years in the Maryland General Assembly, representing the residents of Montgomery County. During his time in the Maryland House of Delegates, he was a member of the Appropriations Committee and served as chairman of the Transportation and Environment Subcommittee. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation, and environmental protection initiatives.

“On behalf of the Goucher College community, we are excited that Comptroller Franchot is willing to volunteer his time to help educate and inspire our outstanding students,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center.

Members of the media are invited to attend his guest lecture on September 14 and should contact Kristen Pinheiro for more details. An additional press release concerning the policy forum is forthcoming; this event will be open to the public and the media. 

Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes ’17, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs.