Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published August 05, 2010


Annapolis, MD (August 5, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley in conjunction with Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, today announced the appointments of Shanaysha Furlow Sauls, Ph.D and Tina Marie Hike-Hubbard, and the re-appointment of Neil E. Duke, to the City Board of School Commissioners.

“I am proud to join Mayor Rawlings-Blake in announcing the appointments of Dr. Sauls and Ms. Hike-Hubbard and the re-appointment of Mr. Duke to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners,” said Governor O’Malley. “I am confident that each member appointed today possesses the skill and the leadership necessary to ensure that every child in Baltimore City receives the quality public education they deserve.”

“Mr. Duke, Ms. Hike-Hubbard and Dr. Sauls have demonstrated a profound commitment to Baltimore’s youth and possess a deep understanding of effective education policy,” said Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Their leadership experience, dedication and ideas will help us build on our students’ recent academic achievement, and make our schools better for years to come.”

Below is background information on the three appointees:

Neil E. Duke is being reappointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners where he has served since February of 2007. He is an Attorney with the law firm of Ober Kaler, P.C. of Baltimore and he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland and the District of Columbia Bars and the federal trial appellate and courts of both jurisdictions. He formerly served as an Air Force Captain and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He also has served as President of the Monumental City Bar Association, Inc., and as First Vice-President of the NAACP’s Baltimore Branch. He has also served as a member of the board of Baltimore Homeless Services and the Baltimore City Civilian Review Board. Among his awards he was a 2009 recipient of a Leadership in Law award by the Daily Record. He received his law degree cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Shanaysha Furlow Sauls, Ph.D. is being appointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners as a parent representative. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University and Research Project Lead and Board Member of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA). She has seven years of teaching experience at the high school and college level and is a co-founder of the Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore City. She was also Co-chair of Methodology and Political Theory Section of the 4th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in 2008-2009. She has three children in the Baltimore City Public School System. Dr. Sauls received her doctorate in Philosophy from Duke University in 2008.

Tina Marie Hike-Hubbard is being appointed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners for her expertise in education. She is the Director of Education at Enterprise Community Partners in Baltimore where she previously served as Program Director of Education from 1997 to 2007. Ms. Hubbard has served as School Director and Faculty Director at Teach for America Summer Institute and also taught at West Baltimore Middle Schools. She is a member and board Vice-Chair of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, a member of the Baltimore Curriculum Project and an allocations volunteer for The United Way. Ms. Hubbard has a B.S. in Government from Northwest Missouri State University and has taken graduate courses in administration and supervision at John Hopkins University.