Kevin Maxwell to be new Prince George's County school CEO
Anne Arundel County’s superintendent Kevin Maxwell will become the new chief executive officer, or superintendent, of Prince George’s County schools.
The formal announcement is expected to come Friday from County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
The school system is going through major changes, including limiting the role of a reconfigured board and giving more power to the new superintendent.
Maxwell is a graduate of Bladensburgh High School and the University of Maryland. He spent 22 years in Prince George's as a teacher, principal and the county's chief educational administrator.
“We wanted somebody who had ties to the county, someone who had an interested in the longevity and certainly someone with previous superintendent experience,” says Barry Hudson, Prince George’s County senior policy adviser.
Hudson says Maxwwell has a history of transforming struggling schools, both here and around the state.
"He knows education in the state of Maryland, and he knows Prince George's County,” he says. “And I think those things combined are why the county executive thought he was the best person for the job at this particular time.”
Sources also say that Maxwell was an early supporter of Baker's first run at county executive in 2002.
People familiar with the situation say Baker and Maxwell know each other through their work on state education issues.
“I hope that it means to the board, and all of the citizens to Prince George'e County that we've brought one of our own back home,” says Dr. Segun Eubanks, Prince George’s County Board of Education chairman.
Eubanks, also appointed by Baker, says the relationship between the board and Maxwell will be integral to moving forward.
“I’ve heard only great things about him from the board members that I've talked to who know Dr. Maxwell,” Eubanks says.
Maxwell will be the eighth superintendent in roughly 14 years. Hudson says they're looking for someone who will stick around.
“He does believe in the longevity of this position and wants to be around to see it go to one of the places that so many Prince Georgians want it to go which is to be one of the best school systems in the state if not the country,” Hudson says.
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