STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
LILLIAN M. LOWERY, Ed.D. (1955-2022)
State Superintendent of Schools, 2012-15
State Superintendent of Schools, July 1, 2012 to September 11, 2015. Resigned September 11, 2015. Secretary-Treasurer, State Board of Education, 2012-15. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2012-15; Children's Cabinet, 2012-15. Chair, Coordinating Council for Juvenile Services Educational Programs, 2012-15; Interagency Committee on School Construction, 2012-15; Superintendent's Family Involvement Council, 2011-15. Co-Chair, Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, 2012-15.
Lillian M. Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools, July 2012. Photo by Richard Lippenholz.
Member, Task Force to Study the Establishment of a Deaf Culture Digital Library, 2012-13; Task Force to Study the Creation of a Maryland Center for School Safety, 2012-13; Task Force to Study Economic Development and Apprenticeships, 2012-13. Co-Chair, Maryland Council for Educator Effectiveness, 2012-13. Member, State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care, 2012-14; Education Coordinating Committee, 2012-14; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2012-14; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2012-14; Advisory Board on After-School and Summer Opportunity Programs, 2012-15; Advisory Council for Alternative Response, 2012-14; State Child Fatality Review Team, 2012-15; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2012-15; Climate Change Commission, 2012-15; College Savings Plans of Maryland Board, 2012-15; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2012-15; Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2012-15; Education and Workforce Training Coordinating Council for Correctional Institutions, 2012-15; Maryland Education Council, 2012-15; Governor's Family Violence Council, 2012-15; Financial Education and Capability Commission, 2012-15; Advisory Board, Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, 2012-15; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2012-15; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2012-15; Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board, 2012-15; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2012-15; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs, 2012-15; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2012-15; Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational and Social Services, 2012-15; Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, 2012-15; Maryland School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council, 2012-15; Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, 2012-15; Maryland Commission on Suicide Prevention, 2012-15; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2012-15. Chair, Maryland Advisory Council for Virtual Learning, 2012-15. Board of Directors, Maryland Workforce Corporation, 2012-15. Member, Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2012-15 (executive committee); Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage, 2012-15. Member, Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, 2013-14; Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Day Start Date for Maryland Public Schools, 2013-14; Commission on Special Education Access and Equity, 2013-14. Member, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 2013-15; Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Educators Service Memorial, 2013-15. Chair, Governing Board, Maryland Center for School Safety, 2013-15. Member, Prince George's County Schools Transition Team, 2013-15. Chair, State Early Childhood Advisory Council, 2014-15. Member, Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Implementation Review Work Group, 2014-15; Interagency Food Desert Advisory Committee, 2014-15; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2014-15; Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2014-15; Council on Open Data, 2014-15; Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, 2014-15; Correctional Education Council, 2015; Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program, 2015; Governor's Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council, 2015; Work Group to Study Safe Harbor Policy for Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, 2015.
Delaware Secretary of Education, 2009-12.
Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, 1954. North Carolina Central University, B.A. (english & secondary education), 1976; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.A. (curriculum & instruction), 1978; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ed.D. (education & policy studies), 2004. Fellow, Urban Superintendents Academy, Broad Foundation, 2004. Middle school English teacher, Gaston County Public Schools, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1978-84; Alexandria City Public Schools, Alexandria, Virginia, 1984-88. Principal, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia, 1999-2002 (minority student achievement monitor, 1998-99; assistant principal, 1995-98; high school english teacher, 1988-95). Area Administrator, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2002-04. Area Assistant Superintendent, Cluster VII, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia, 2004-06. District Superintendent, Christina School District, New Castle County, Delaware, 2006-09. President and Chief Executive Officer, FutureReady Columbus, 2015-17. Vice-President, P-12 Policy and Practice, Education Trust, 2017-22. Vice-President, Student Teacher Assessments, Educational Testing Service, 2018-22. Board of Directors, CollegeBound Foundation; Delaware Boys and Girls Club of America, Inc.; Delaware Nature Society. Member, American Association of School Administrators. Board of Directors, Kids' Chance of Maryland, 2012-15. Board of Trustees, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2014-21 (past chair). President-elect, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2015. Member, Phi Delta Kappa (president, george mason university chapter, 1998-99); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Citizenship Award, Police Department, Fairfax, Virginia, 2001. Outstanding School Representative, Fairfax Youth Community Alliance, 2002. Mayor's Service Award, City of Fairfax, Virginia, 2002. Outstanding Service Award, Fairfax County Board of Education, 2006. Second Mile Award, University of Delaware, 2008. Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, 2011. Policy Leader of the Year, National Association of State Boards of Education, 2015. Died in Yardley, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2022.
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