Dr. Charlene M. Dukes

Dr. Dukes holds membership in a variety of professional associations and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Campus Compact, the Biden Institute, the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Round Table, and Hillside-Works Scholarship Connection. She is on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP).

In 2014, Dr. Dukes was the recipient of the Dr. Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH), and the Golden Hammer award from the Fuller Center for Housing. In 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, she was recognized by the Washingtonian as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Washington metropolitan area, and named a Washingtonian of the Year in 2017. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dr. Dukes has received numerous community awards for her longstanding service and commitment. Additionally, she received, in 2008, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In October 2007, the African-American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh recognized Dr. Dukes as an Outstanding Alumnus.

From 2007 to 2015, she served on the Maryland State Board of Education and was its president from 2012 to 2015. From 2002 through 2006, she served on the Board of Education of Prince George’s County and chaired the Student Support, Student Appeals, and Personnel Committees. She participated in the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation; Women in Leadership sponsored by the Office of Women in Higher Education/American Council on Education; and the National Leadership Academy sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees.

Dr. Dukes is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. James D. Fielder, Jr.

Maryland Higher Education Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder is an effective and highly regarded executive and public servant with a passion for leading change, focused on improving the economic well-being of Marylanders through educational and business opportunity.

He has been appointed by four Maryland governors, providing his talents and expertise in numerous leadership capacities. These include:

  • Current Secretary of Maryland Higher Education Commission;
  • Secretary of Appointments;
  • Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations;
  • Deputy & Acting Secretary for Business and Economic Development;
  • Assistant Secretary for Department of Economic & Employment Development
  • Member of Governor Hogan’s Transition Team.

He also served as Towson University’s Vice President of Finance & Administration, as well as the Director of Budget, Personnel & Institutional Research at the University of Michigan – Flint.

Secretary Fielder received his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Michigan State University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Fielder will speak at Wednesday’s lunch.


Dr. M.J. Bishop

Dr. M.J. Bishop is Associate Vice Chancellor and inaugural director of the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance and promote USM’s position as a national leader in higher education academic innovation. The Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates findings, offers professional development opportunities for institutional faculty and administrators, and supports the 12 public institutions that are part of the system as they continue to expand innovative academic practices.

Prior to coming to USM, Dr. Bishop was Associate Professor and Director of the Lehigh University College of Education’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program where, in addition to being responsible for the institution’s graduate programs in instructional technology, she also played a leadership role in guiding the general and special education teacher preparation programs through a curricular overhaul to address the new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) guidelines for teacher certification. While at Lehigh, Dr. Bishop received several awards for her research and teaching including the 2013 Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching for leading students to “excellence in their chosen field” as well as “excellence as human beings and as leaders of society.”


Dr. Christina Sax

Dr. Christina Sax is a nationally recognized leader in academic innovation and online education and has 30 years of experience in higher education leadership, administration, and teaching. She has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2016. Prior to MUIH, Dr. Sax was the Dean of Extended Studies and then Associate Provost for Academic Outreach and Innovation at Shippensburg University (2007-2016). She served in successive roles at University of Maryland University College (UMUC, now UMGC) including Director of Natural Sciences, Assistant Dean for Natural, Behavioral, and Mathematical Sciences, and Interim Senior Associate Dean (1998-2007). Dr. Sax was the Founding Co-Director of the FIPSE-funded Quality Matters project (2003-2006). She has been an online and face-to-face faculty member in the biological sciences at UMUC, University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dr. Sax was also a research scientist at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (1987-1998). She has received numerous regional and national awards and has held Board and leadership positions with several other education organizations. Dr. Sax’s areas of expertise include academic innovation; online teaching, learning, and quality assurance; higher education leadership and planning; institutional and learning outcomes assessment; academic program development; STEM education; faculty development; and molecular biology, gene expression, and transcriptional regulation. Dr. Sax holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rochester.