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May 14, 2006|By JENNIFER SKALKA

Richard E. Hug

Occupation

Campaign finance chairman for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.; former member of University System of Maryland Board of Regents; business owner.

In the news

Hug resigned as a regent last week to comply with a new law passed by the General Assembly that prohibits political activity, including running for office, by members of the university governing board. Hug chose to step down so that he could continue to raise money for Ehrlich, who is up for re-election this year.

Career highlights

Hug was past president, chairman and chief executive of Environmental Elements Corp., a manufacturer of air pollution control equipment for power plants. Other business interests include a carwash and a restaurant. He helped raise $11 million for Ehrlich's 2002 election and has reportedly set a goal of $20 million this year. He raised $500,000 for President Bush's 2004 re-election effort.

Personal

Hug earned a bachelor's degree and a master's in finance from Duke University. He is past director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland and the Maryland National Bank, and is past chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Philosophy

"They [the Board of Regents] need people with fundraising experience. I can be of great assistance to the work, and I will continue to be."

[Jennifer Skalka]

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