Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery has been named the Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
The award is given annually to a national or state policy maker in recognition of contributions to education. She was nominated by former state board president Mary Kay Finan.
Finan called Lowery, who has been superintendent since 2012, a "calm, respectful and persuasive" leader. Lowery is the president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers. She came to Maryland after serving as state superintendent in Delaware.