For immediate release:
June 24, 2016

Hannah Marr
Shareese Churchill

Governor Larry Hogan Announces David Craig as the Executive Director of the Maryland World War I Commission
Wendi Peters Will Succeed Craig as Secretary of the Department

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced he has appointed David Craig as the executive director of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. Craig, who is the secretary of the Department of Planning, will be succeeded by Wendi Peters, who currently serves as deputy secretary of the department.

“I would like to thank David for his service at the Department of Planning and wish him well in his new leadership role of this historic commission,” said Governor Hogan. “Over the past 18 months, David has built a strong foundation for the department, and I am confident that Wendi will continue to effectively lead the department in her new position.”

In his new role, Secretary Craig will be responsible for developing and executing plans for projects and activities recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I. The World War I Commission, which was established on November 11, 2015 and consists of up to 11 members, will present an action plan to the governor by June 30, 2017. Secretary Craig has a background in education spanning more than 30 years, 15 of which was spent as a history teacher. An avid historian and published author, Craig developed a love of World War I at an early age.

“I was both honored and humbled to serve as the secretary of Planning,” said Secretary Craig. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Hogan administration by helping the governor recognize Maryland’s significant role in World War I.”

Prior to her position as deputy secretary, Peters was a paralegal at Ober Kaler. Additionally, Peters was elected to the Mount Airy Town Council in 2004, the first woman to serve two terms when she was re-elected in 2008. Peters has a history in both public and community service, including involvement in several groups such as the Mount Airy Main Street Association and Mount Airy Historical Society.

“Wendi has been an active leader and volunteer in her community for more than two decades,” said Governor Hogan. “Her current position as deputy secretary, in addition to her experience in her hometown of Mount Airy including roles involving planning, business development, and fiscal issues, has given her the necessary skills to successfully lead the department.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Maryland under the leadership of Governor Hogan, and I am excited and humbled to have this new opportunity,” said Deputy Secretary Peters. “I look forward to continuing our work at Planning as we do our part to help change Maryland for the better.”

Both appointments will take effect July 6.