A familiar face at the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee will be back next General Assembly session, but in a different role.
Sara Fidler, who has been the committee’s counsel since 2001, has been named as the next president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association.
Fidler will replace retiring president Tina Bjarekull, who led the organization for 17 years.
Fidler also previously served as a principal policy analyst for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services and worked for the Office of the Maryland Attorney General and the Maryland State Department of Education.
“This is bittersweet news for me and other members of the Committee,” Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), chairman of the Senate committee said in a statement. “Sara is an accomplished professional who values education, has devoted 18 years to public service, and truly understands higher education. She will lead MICUA with integrity and vision.”
Bjarekull retires in December.
Andrea Chapdelaine, president of Hood College and chairwoman of the MICUA Board of Trustees, hailed Bjarekull as someone who “has made an indelible impact on the Association, its member institutions, and most importantly, our students. She leaves the organization stronger and more united in its mission.”