Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III made his final appointments to the Board of Education this week, as did the County Council.
On Tuesday, June 18, Baker announced the appointments of Beverly Anderson and Daniel Kaufman to the board and the County Council announced the appointment of school parent Curtis Valentine to the board as well. The new members were also sworn into their seats Tuesday, bringing the total number of board members to 14. On June 1, Baker appointed Bowie resident Segun Eubanks to the board as it new chair.
Under a new law passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, Baker assumed partial control of the Prince George's County Public Schools, with the authority to appoint three board members, name the chair and vice chair and select the system's new chief executive officer, formerly known as the superintendent. The law stipulated that the county executive's appointees must include one with education experience; one with business, finance or higher education experience; and one with management experience. The law also allowed the council to appoint one board member who must be a Prince George's County Public Schools parent.
A total of 160 citizen applications were submitted to Baker for consideration. The County Council fielded more than 90 applications for its appointment.
"From a very competitive field, I believe we have appointed individuals who will be wonderful advocates for our students, teachers, parents, employees and stakeholders," Baker said in a released statement.
"This has been a collaborative process," County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison said in the release. "We look forward to the continued cooperative working relationship as the Board of Education transitions to its new form and purpose under state law, with a unified goal of enhancing our educational system and meeting the needs of our students."
Eubanks, of Bowie, is the director of teacher quality for the National Education Association, and has worked in education for more than 25 years. He is the parent of two county students and has served on Baker's Commission on Education Excellence since June 2012.
Anderson, of Fort Washington, is the former provost and vice president of the University of the District of Columbia. She has also served as facilitator for the Association of Community College Trustees, as a senior research fellow for the Defense Department's Office of the Chancellor for Education and Professional Development and was director of Making Mathematics Work for Minorities for the National Research Council's Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
Kaufman, of Bowie, is currently executive vice president and head of Widmeyer Communications' pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education practice in its Washington and New York City offices. He has also served as communications director for the Maryland State Education Association, and as a spokesman for the National Education Association.
Valentine, of Fort Washington, is the parent of two students currently enrolled in Prince George's County Public Schools. . A former Prince George's teacher, Valentine is a member of the John Hanson Montessori PTA and holds several positions within the Oxon Hill community. A former executive director of the Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now — an education policy organization — Valentine was recently awarded an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council of Foreign Relations.