Suzanne Dorsey was appointed as MDE's Deputy Secretary in June 2022 and is also chair of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. Deputy Secretary Dorsey had been the agency's Assistant Secretary since February 2019, working with the agency's Water and Science Administration on Chesapeake Bay restoration and on major issues that require cross-agency collaboration on climate resiliency. She previously was executive director of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology at the University of Maryland and also was executive director of the Bald Head Island Conservancy and Smith Island Land Trust for 11 years. Deputy Secretary Dorsey has been a former commissioner of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and a professor at University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Salem College. She has her bachelor’s degree in biology from Drew University, her master’s degree in marine-estuarine environmental science from University of Maryland and her Ph.D. in oceanography from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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