Smar­ick elected Md. BOE pres­i­dent

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BAL­TI­MORE — The Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion unan­i­mously elected ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy ex­pert An­drew R. Smar­ick as pres­i­dent and Univer­sity of Mary­land Pro­fes­sor S. James Gates Jr. as vice pres­i­dent on Tues­day, July 26.

Smar­ick is a part­ner at Bell­wether Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ners, a na­tional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly for dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents. Pre­vi­ously, he was an ed­u­ca­tion aide at the White House Do­mes­tic Pol­icy Coun­cil and Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary at the U.S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. Ear­lier in his ca­reer, he served as a leg­isla­tive aide to a mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mary­land and mem­bers of the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly. He also served as Deputy Com­mis­sioner of the New Jer­sey Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Smar­ick was a mem­ber of Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s Com­mis­sion on Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion. He helped found a col­lege-prepara­tory char­ter school and the Na­tional Al­liance for Pub­lic Char­ter Schools and was a found­ing

board mem­ber of 50CAN. A prod­uct of Mary­land’s pri­mary and se­condary pub­lic schools, Smar­ick earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, summa cum laude, from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, and a mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic man­age­ment from the Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Pub­lic Pol­icy. He lives in Stevensville with his wife and three chil­dren.

Gates, a the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist, re­ceived two B.S. de­grees and a Ph.D. from Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. His doc­toral the­sis was the first the­sis at MIT to deal with su­per­sym­me­try. He also com­pleted post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at both Har­vard Univer­sity and the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. Gates is cur­rently a Univer­sity Sys­tem Re­gents Pro­fes­sor, the John S. Toll Pro­fes­sor of Physics at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, the Cen­ter for String and Par­ti­cle The­ory Di­rec­tor, and serves on the U.S. Pres­i­dent’s Coun­cil of Ad­vi­sors on Science and Tech­nol­ogy. He is known for his work on math­e­mat­i­cal physics.

In 2013, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama awarded Gates the Na­tional Medal of Science, the high­est recog­ni­tion given by the U.S. to sci­en­tists. That year, he also was elected to the Na­tional Academy of Sciences, be­com­ing the first African-Amer­i­can physi­cist so rec­og­nized in its 150-year his­tory. Gates is mar­ried to Dr. Dianna Ab­ney, the Charles County Health Of­fi­cer. They have a daugh­ter and a son and re­side in Prince George’s County.

Smar­ick suc­ceeds Guf­frie Smith, a re­tired ed­u­ca­tor who served one term as pres­i­dent. Smith re­mains as a mem­ber of the State Board.

AN­DREW R. SMAR­ICK

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