Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D.
MSA SC 3520-11439

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Attended Maryland State Teachers College at Towson, B.S. (Elementary Education), 1961; Gallaudet University, M.S. (Deaf Education), 1965; Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. (Communicative Sciences), 1979. Married, Louis J. Grasmick.

State Superintendent of Schools, 1991-. Special Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families, 1989-1994. Secretary of Juvenile Services, 1991. Associate Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, 1985-1989. Assistant Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, 1978-1985. Principal, Chatsworth School, 1974-1978. Supervisor, Office of Special Education, Baltimore County Public Schools, 1968-1974. Teacher, Hearing and Language Impaired Children, Woodvale School, 1964-1968. Teacher, William S. Baer School, 1961-1964.

Secretary-Treasurer, State Board of Education, 1991-. Chair, Interagency Committee on School Construction, 1991-. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1991-; Education Coordinating Committee, 1991- (chair, 2000-); Maryland Education Council, 1991-; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 1991-2003; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs, 1991-; Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, 1991-; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 1991- (executive committee). Board of Trustees, State Retirement and Pension System, 1991-. Chair, Cabinet Council for Career and Technology Education, 1993-. Member, State Information Technology Board, 1993-; Commission on Women's Health, 1994-98; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1994-; Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans, 1994-; Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1995-; Governor's Task Force on Children, Youth, and Families Systems Reform, 1996; Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, 1996-2000; State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 1996-; Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships, 1997-98; Maryland Higher Education Investment Board, 1997-2003; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1997-2003; Task Force on Public Charter Schools, 1998; Task Force on School Construction Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Programs, 1998-99; Maryland Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, 1998-; Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, 1998-; Women's Health Promotion Council, 1998-; Commission on Juvenile Justice Jurisdiction, 1998-2001; Task Force on Drivers' Education Programs in Maryland, 1999; Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs, 1999-; State Child Fatality Review Team, 1999-; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002. Co-Chair, Safe Schools Interagency Steering Committee, 1999-2002. Member, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2000-; Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-01 (chair, college readiness subcommittee, 2000-01); Task Force to Study the Licensing and Monitoring of Community-Based Homes for Children, 2000-01; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education in Maryland, 2000-01; Visionary Panel for Better Schools, 2001-02; Advisory Council on Offender Employment Coordination, 2001-; Commission on Responsible Fatherhood, 2001-; Advisory Board, Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2001-. Member, President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, 2001-; Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-04; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2002-; Maryland School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council, 2002-; Task Force to Study the Availability of Audiology and Speech-Language Services, 2003; College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, 2003-.

Member, Association of American Colleges and Universities-Greater Expectations National Panel; Center for Health Workforce Development Advisory Board; College Bound Foundation; Consortium for Policy Research in Education Executive Board, Council on Economic Education in Maryland; Council of Chief School Officers, Education Commission of States; Chesapeake Center for Youth Development; Grammy Foundation Advisory Council; Health Care for the Homeless Board of Directors; Center of Talented Youth Board, Johns Hopkins University; Graduate Division of Education Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins University; School of Professional Studies in Business and Education Advisory Council, Johns Hopkins University; Board of Directors, Leadership Maryland; Loyola College Institute for Child Care Education Advisory Council; Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction; Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; Maryland Partnership for Teaching and Learning K-16; Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for Student Success Governorning Board of Directors; National Board of Professional Teaching Standards; Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Board of Directors; President Bush's Commission on Excellence in Special Education; Advisory Council, Scholastic, Inc.; Board of Visitors, Towson University; Board of Visitors, U.S. Army War College; College of Education Board of Visitors, University of Maryland; Board of Directors, VSA Arts Maryland; Women's Industrial Exchange Advisory Council; Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Mary's College; Towson State University; Goucher College; University of Baltimore; and, Villa Julie College. Humanitarian Award, March of Dimes, 1990. National Educational Administrator of the Year Award, 1992. Vernon E. Anderson Distinguished Lecture Award, University of Maryland, 1992. Distinguished Alumna of the Year, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992. Educator of the Year, American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES), 1996. Award for Professional Excellence in the Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1996. Maryland's Top 100 Women, TheDaily Record, 1996, 1998, 2000, and Circle of Excellence Award, 2000. Marylander of the Year, Baltimore Sun, 1997. Speaker's Award and Medallion, House of Delegates, 1999. Named one of Baltimore's most influential people, Baltimore Business Journal, June 1999. President's Award, National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children, 2000. Engineering Education Leadership Award, Engineering Society of Baltimore, 2000. Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2000. Spirit of Public Relations Award, Maryland Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, 2002. Breath of Life Award, American Lung Association of Maryland, 2003. Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service, The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, 2004. Inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2004.

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