Three Alumni Nominated To Cabinet By PA Governor

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro nominated three University alumni to positions in his cabinet.
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Newly inaugurated Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro nominated three University of Scranton graduates to Cabinet positions in his administration. Michael Carroll ’09 was nominated to serve as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation. Jason Kavulich ’97 was nominated to serve as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Aging. Major Christopher Paris ’99 was nominated to serve as State Police Commissioner.

The 22 members of the Governor’s Cabinet serve as directors of various state agencies. The directors are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate. 

Carroll, Pittston, was elected to the state House in 2006, and served eight terms, including two as the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee. He also worked as legislative liaison for PennDOT under Gov. Robert Casey; served as chief of staff for former state Rep. John Yudichak, and was the district office director for former U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski.

Kavulich, Scranton, has 21 years of experience in the human services field, rising from a county caseworker to supervisory administrative positions in the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services and the Area Agency on Aging, where he served as director. As Secretary of Aging, Kavulich will follow in the footsteps of fellow alumnus Brian Duke ’79, who served in the position from 2011-2015.

A native of Lackawanna County, Major Paris has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since enlisting in 1999. He served as a state trooper in several parts of the state, as a station and troop commander, and as deputy commissioner of administration and professional accountability. He earned a law degree from Temple University Law School, and is a graduate of the 267th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

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