Tung Named Deputy Secretary of the Environment


Jay Apperson

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Tung Named Deputy Secretary of the Environment

tung032615resized3Baltimore, MD (March 26, 2015) – Mary Beth Tung has been named Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Deputy Secretary Tung’s areas of expertise range from the law to management to science, including biology and medicine. Until her appointment at MDE, she worked as an attorney with the Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny law firm in Columbia. Prior to that position, she was an intellectual property manager and patent agent specializing in biotechnology for private firms and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Deputy Secretary Tung earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, was a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.

“Mary brings a rare combination of skills and experience to the Department,” said MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles. “She will help to support our efforts in a number of areas, from searching for innovative ways for the Department to work more efficiently to providing guidance and support to our science-based efforts. She is a great addition to the MDE team.”

“I am honored to have been chosen to join the Maryland Department of the Environment as Deputy Secretary. It’s a privilege to serve with Secretary Grumbles and the many talented MDE employees,” Deputy Secretary Tung said. “I look forward to finding ways to make a strong Department even stronger to protect public health and the environment”.

Deputy Secretary Tung lives in Clarksville, Howard County. She is married with two grown children. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and other trails.


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