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Anthony McCann

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S. Anthony (Tony) McCann teaches courses in public leadership and management and federal budgeting. In Maryland he currently serves as the co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange - Maryland’s vehicle for implementing the Affordable Care Act and from 2004-2007 served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

McCann also has a long, successful career in federal service both in the executive and legislative branches. He served as a senior staffer in the Senate (Senate Budget Committee - handling the health, Medicare and VA budgets) and the House (staff director of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, HHS and Education and Related Agencies – the subcommittee that funds most federal health programs).

In the executive branch, he served as the chief financial officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration - an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. He also was appointed, and confirmed by the Senate, as the assistant secretary for finance and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs and prior to that, was appointed assistant secretary for management and budget for the Department of Health and Human Services.

In the international sphere, he served as the deputy director and CEO of the American International Health Alliance, the primary vehicle through which the major health organizations provide humanitarian and technical assistance in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

McCann received an appointment as the director of financial affairs for the Smithsonian Institution. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was awarded the prestigious Frank Greathouse Award for sustained outstanding achievement and notable contribution to financial management by the Association of Government Accountants. McCann received a bachelor’s degree in government from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree in political science from Syracuse University.

Areas of Interest
  • Public budgeting; health policy; Congress; State of Maryland