Ben Carson to lead board of East Baltimore school

World-renowned surgeon Benjamin Carson has been named president of the board overseeing the East Baltimore Community School Inc.--the educational institution spurred by the revitalization of the city's Middle East community, including a new elementary/middle school that will anchor the community.

The appointment of Carson, director of the pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was announced by Hopkins on Monday.  He started his new post effective Dec. 1, and took over for David Nichols, former vice dean for education at Hopkins' School of Medicine.

The East Baltimore Community School is a contract school operated by Hopkins and Morgan State University (we wrote a story about the partnership, which can be found here), and was renamed the Elmer A Henderson School: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School this year.

“We are honored to have Dr. Carson lead our efforts to provide a quality education to the students of East Baltimore,” said David Andrews, dean of the School of Education, in a statement. 

Andrews, who took his post as dean of Hopkins' School of Education in 2010, has been overseeing the school's restructuring and day-to-day operations. He told The Sun last year that he plans to make the Henderson-Hopkins school one of the best in the city and the nation. 

“An inspiration to all who know him, Dr. Carson will help us reach our goal of making this one of the top schools of learning in Baltimore and serve as a model nationwide," he said in a statement.

The school--an anchor of a 20-year, $1.8 billion mixed-use revitalization project on 88 acres in East Baltimore--is scheduled to expand in population and occupy a sprawling $42 million, 90,000-square-foot, 7-acre campus next fall.

“I am excited to be a part of an endeavor like Henderson-Hopkins that can provide not only an example, but also a how-to manual for inner city schools, universities and corporate entities that want to work together to strengthen the fabric of our society,” Carson said in a release sent by Hopkins.

“The education of our children is not only the responsibility of teachers, but rather, of everyone who is impacted by stellar education or the lack thereof. That, of course, is all of us.”

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