Baltimore Archdiocese announces its school board

The Archdiocese of Baltimore named Friday the 23 members of its new school board who will oversee strategic planning for strengthening its Roman Catholic education program.

The new archdiocesan school board, which will be led by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, includes leaders in education, business and philanthropy. The board will lead the implementation of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools' Strategic Plan, a blueprint spurred by a report released in June by a panel of Catholic education experts. The plan outlined recommendations to stabilize a system that has closed 28 of its schools, or 40 percent, since 2000.

Among those who will monitor and oversee the strategic plan are: state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick; Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of the Baltimore-based economic consulting firm Sage Policy Group and a member of the city school board; Benjamin Civiletti, a former U.S. attorney general and now senior partner at the law firm Venable LLP; and Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent of the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."

Leaders in Catholic higher education, business and members of the Blue Ribbon Committee that issued the report will also serve on the board. The appointments are for one-year terms.

In addition to overseeing strategic planning, the board will recommend policies for the archdiocesan school system and advise the archbishop and superintendent on matters such as advancement, finances, facilities and leadership, the archdiocese said.

The Archdiocesan Catholic School Board will hold its first meeting at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park.

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