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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 13, 2010

GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO EDUCATION BOARDS



ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 13, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced appointments to two education boards: the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board and the Governor’s P-20 Council of Maryland.

The Maryland Longitudinal Data System (LDS) Center Governing Board members, as identified by title and the Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) will be joined by gubernatorial appointees representing local superintendents of schools and four members of the public. The Governing Board is an independent unit of State government responsible for the logistical, phase in and organizational plans for the LDS Center. The Board will also be responsible for the policies and oversight related to privacy laws.

“The education appointments made today to the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board will help Maryland fulfill its Race to the Top education goals,” said Governor O’Malley. “Under the supervision of this Governing Board, this center will provide data to Maryland’s Pre-K to 12 education, higher education and workforce and economic development agencies that are essential to the development and sustainability of our reform efforts. Maryland remains the nation’s number one public school system and it’s our goal to continue implementing strategic reforms, allowing our students to not only compete with their peers across the nation, but to be globally competitive as well.”

Below is background information on the appointees:

Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Governing Board

Members identified by title include:

Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan
has been designated as Chair of the Board. Dr. Kirwan is the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Dr. Kirwan previously served as the President of both the University of Maryland and the University of Ohio. Prior to his presidency, he was a member of the University of Maryland faculty for 24 years. Dr. Kirwan received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Rutgers University, the University of New Jersey. He is a resident of Baltimore County.

Dr. David Wilson is the President of Morgan State University. Dr. Wilson formerly served as the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin Extensions. He has also served as the Assistant Provost at Auburn University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, Masters Degrees from both Harvard University and the Tuskegee Institute and a B.S. in Political Science from the Tuskegee Institute. He has received numerous awards and honors and has been a widely sought speaker and consultant on the strategic value of diversity in higher education. Dr. Wilson is a resident of Baltimore City.

H. Clay Whitlow, Esquire, the Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges was previously the president of Evergreen Valley College, in San Jose, California, and Vice President for Educational Services at Colorado Community College System. Mr. Whitlow holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Wayne State University and a Doctor of Law degree from Cornell University.

The Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, Alexander M. Sanchez; the Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., and the State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick also serve on the Board.

The five members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate include the following:

Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D.
is being appointed as a representative of local Superintendents of Schools. He is the Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools. He has served at Maryland public schools for 20 years and has recently earned the 2010 Maryland Society for Education Technology Outstanding Leader in Education Award and the 2009 Public School Superintendent’s Association Maryland State Superintendent of the Year Award. Dr. Martirano earned his Doctorate of Education at Nova Southeastern University and is a resident of St. Mary’s County.

The four at-large members are appointed as public representatives with expertise in large data systems and data security; and representing the interests of public school teachers; public school parents and workforce development.

Ayana English-Brown is the Work-based Learning Coordinator and Teacher at Dr. Henry Wise, Jr. High School in Prince George’s County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology Communication from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. English-Brown is a resident of Prince George’s County.

Nicole C. Marano brings expertise in large data systems and data security to the board. She is Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Assessment at Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College), where she oversees and coordinates the institutional research of the University, including internal and external surveys, benchmark studies and data trend initiatives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Washington College and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at the Loyola University. She is a resident of Baltimore County.

Jason Perkins-Cohen is Executive Director of Job Opportunities Task Force where he advocates for policies and programs to increase the skills and economic opportunities of low-skill, low-income workers. He has also served as Supervisory Program Monitor of the Income Maintenance Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin. He is a resident of Baltimore City.

Brian E. Roberts is Change Management Specialist for the Montgomery County government and a member of the Montgomery County PTA. He serves as Co-Chair and Deputy Director of Montgomery County Education Forum and member of the Montgomery County Public Schools Accelerated and Enhanced Instruction Advisory Committee and the Deputy Superintendent’s Minority Achievement Advisory Committee. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Chicago and an MBA Marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a resident of Montgomery County.

The State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, the Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., and the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, Alexander M. Sanchez also serve on the Board.

Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland

The 2010 legislature codified the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland (formerly created by Executive Order 01.01.2007.20), adding new positions to the membership list.

“Since its inception in 2007, the P-20 Council has worked hard to help us reform our education systems and strengthen our workforce through college and workforce preparedness, STEM, CTE, and principal and teacher recruitment and retention,” said Governor O’Malley. “That hard work is part of a long-term strategic po