School system chief, board


Joe A. Hairston, superintendent of Baltimore County Schools and secretary-treasurer of the Board of Education, will begin his second four-year term next month at the head of the nation's 23rd-largest public school system, with 108,000 students.


Shortly after his appointment, Hairston established the Blueprint for Progress to chart the direction and progress of Baltimore County Public Schools. It continues to drive school and student performance. Most recently, the blueprint guided the design and development of the county's educational Master Plan, which will steer BCPS efforts through 2008.

Prior to coming to Baltimore County, Hairston worked for 25 years in the Prince George's County public schools and then was superintendent of schools in Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.


A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Hairston earned his bachelor's degree in biology and physical science from Maryland State University, now the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He also earned a master's degree in administration and physical education from American University and a doctorate in education administration from Virginia Tech.

His wife, Lillian, is a teacher at a Baltimore County high school. They have two adult sons.

Board of Education

James R. Sasiadek, president, was appointed in August 1999; his term expires June 2005. He is from the Third Council District.

Sasiadek was elected president of the Board of Education last July. He previously served two terms as vice president of the board. His educational background includes degrees from St. Charles College, St. Mary's Seminary and University, and the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with honors.

An administrator for the Baltimore City schools, Sasiadek is the father of two children, both graduates of Baltimore County schools.

Janese Murray, vice president and member-at-large, was appointed in November 2001; her term expires this month.

Murray was elected vice president of the school board in July. She is the director of associate relations for CareFirst Inc., in Owings Mills. Married and the mother of two daughters, Murray has a bachelor's degree in speech communications.


Francesca Cirincione, the student board member, was appointed in August; her term expires this month.

A senior at Towson High School, Cirincione is involved in the school's Law and Public Policy magnet program and was part of the school's mock trial regional and state champion team in 2002. She is a member of the Baltimore County Student Council and is her school's SGA President.

She is interested in public policy and public service as a career.

Donald L. Arnold was appointed in October 1996; his term expires June 2007. He is from the Sixth Council District.

Arnold has served four terms as president of the Board of Education. He is the president of Commercial Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment bank. He obtained his undergraduate degrees from Rider University and York College, both of Pennsylvania, and has completed graduate studies at the Wharton School of Business and the Pennsylvania School of Banking at Bucknell University.

Married and the father of six children, he is on the board of directors of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and the National Federation of Urban Suburban School Districts.


Phyllis E. Ettinger, a member-at-large, was appointed in August 1994. Her term expires this month.

Ettinger has been a public education advocate for 28 years, including local school PTA president, area vice president for the PTA Council of Baltimore County, chairwoman of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Gifted Education, and the Central Area Advisory Committee. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Louisville.

Married for 39 years, she is the parent of three children, all of whom graduated from Dulaney High School.

Thomas Grzymski of the Fifth Council District was appointed July 2001; his term expires in June 2006.

Grzymski is a deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Systems at the Social Security Administration. He has been at the SSA since 1978.

He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola College and his master's from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of Kenwood High School.


John A. Hayden III was appointed July 1998; his term expires June 2008. He is from the Fourth Council District.

Hayden is an attorney and a partner in the firm of Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston and a member of the American, Maryland, and Baltimore County bar associations. He received his law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Married and the father of three, Hayden is president of the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation and is a member of the Board of the Towson University Foundation and the Catonsville Community College Foundation.

Warren C. Hayman, a member-at-large, was appointed in July 1997; his term expires in June 2006.

Hayman, former assistant dean of education at Morgan State University, retired after 42 years in public education. He received his bachelor's degree from Coppin State, his master's from Stanford University, and his doctorate from Harvard University.

The father of three has been honored with the Distinguished Black Marylander Award, the Fullwood Foundation Award, and the Rotary Club of Woodlawn-Westview "Service Above Self Award."


Jean M.H. Jung of the Seventh Council District was appointed in August 1999; her term expires this month.

Jung is a longtime community volunteer and civic booster. A Dundalk resident, she has been vice chair of the Baltimore County Planning Board, deputy zoning commissioner, and a member of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a master's in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An active church member, she is the parent of a son and daughter.

Michael P. Kennedy of the First Council District was appointed in August 1995; his term expires in June 2005.

Kennedy taught 32 years in the Baltimore County School System and 11 years at University of Maryland, Baltimore County before retiring in 2002. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Towson University and his master's from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He is a father of two and a grandfather. Two of his grandchildren attend Baltimore County schools.


Joy Shillman was appointed in August; her term expires June 2008. She is from the Second Council District.

Shillman has been a member of the BCPS Ethics Review Panel and the Baltimore County Ethics Commission.

For several years, she was an instructor in continuing education for senior citizens for the Baltimore County Community Colleges. Shillman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is married and the mother of four children, all of whom attended Baltimore public schools. She has two grandchildren who attend Baltimore County public schools.

James E. Walker, a member-at-large, was appointed in August 1999; his term expires this month.

A retired educator, Walker earned his bachelor's degree from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and his master's degree from New York University.

Married and the father of four, he is also a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.