Dr. Robert M. Summers was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment by Governor Martin O'Malley on April 28, 2011. Summers served as Acting Secretary since December 6, 2010. Dr. Summers leads the Department's planning, regulatory, management and financing programs to protect public health, ensure a safe and reliable water supply, restore and protect air quality, water quality, wetlands and waterways, clean up contaminated land and ensure proper management of hazardous and solid wastes.
Dr. Summers has served the citizens of Maryland for over 27 years in various capacities within Maryland's progressive and nationally recognized environmental programs, with emphasis on scientific and technical issues related to water pollution control, drinking water protection and federal, State and local government environmental laws and regulations.
Dr. Summers received his B.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1982) in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.