BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland State Board of Education announced Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Secretary of Education for the Delaware Department of Education, has been selected the State’s next State Superintendent of Schools.
Lowery will take the helm of the school system July 1. She will succeed Interim State Superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky.
Lowery will begin scheduling a series of public meetings to listen and learn from education, parent, civic, legislative, and other public and stakeholder groups.
“I am very excited to join an outstanding educational system, and look forward to working with Maryland educators across the state,” Lowery said in a news release. “The success of the State of Maryland’s public education transformation agenda, just as the national agenda, is an economic must and the means to future success for our youngest citizens. For our nation’s children to be prepared to thrive in the 21st century economy, creating and attaining jobs that will sustain them and their families, the system of education must ensure that student performance expectations for Marylanders are comparable to performance expectations of children across the nation and the world.”
Lowery has been Secretary of Education in the State of Delaware since 2009. Prior to serving as the Secretary of Education, Lowery was the Superintendent in Christina School District in New Castle County, Del. for three years. She has served as an Assistant Superintendent in Fairfax County, Va. and an Area Administrator in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Governor Martin O’Malley released a statement about Lowery’s appointment.
“I am pleased that the State Board of Education has chosen Dr. Lillian Lowery to lead Maryland’s number-one-in-the-nation public school system. I’d also like to thank Dr. Sadusky for his dedication to our students and commitment to maintaining our educational progress.
“In Maryland, we’ve built nationally-recognized early childhood development programs, increased student achievement and graduation rates, and prepared more students for college and career through increased access to Advanced Placement. Under Dr. Lowery’s leadership, we can work with renewed vigor to close persistent achievement gaps, increase the number of high school graduates with career and technical skills, and boost our efforts to train the best principals for our schools.
“Together, we can continue to build on the progress we’ve made to give our children the tools to build a better future,” he said.
Sadusky has served as Interim State Superintendent since July 1, 2011. He replaced Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, who retired in 2011 after 20 years as State Superintendent of Schools.