Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
Excellence, Equity, Efficiency — the three areas Maryland’s newly appointed State Superintendent of Schools said she is capitalizing on for every student, teacher, and administrator throughout the State.
In April 2012, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed Dr. Lillian M. Lowery to take the helm of the nation’s number-one ranked State school system on July 1, 2012. In assuming her new role as Maryland State
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lowery, who is known for broad-based strategic planning and a willingness to consider innovative financial approaches, expressed that she is excited to take Maryland’s outstanding education system to the next level—implementing the initiatives of the State’s third wave of education reform; supported by
the federal Race to the Top [RTTT] grant.
“Every child should be inspired to dream and given the tools to make those dreams a reality.”
Prior to coming to Maryland, Dr. Lowery was appointed Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware, a role she assumed January 2009 where she facilitated a statewide strategic planning and grant application process,
including teachers, administrators, representatives from collective bargaining unions and associations, Vision 2015 members, leading corporate and business investors, parent/family advocates, higher education,
philanthropy, the Governor’s Office, General Assembly, and State Board of Education, which resulted in
Delaware being selected as the “First State” awarded the RTTT grant to put aggressive systemic education reform in practice.
Dr. Lowery’s career in education began in middle school as an English teacher in North Carolina and Virginia, moving into high school and subsequently serving as a High School Assistant Principal, a Minority Student Achievement Monitor, a High School Principal, an Assistant Superintendent in Fairfax County Public Schools, and Superintendent of Christina School District in Delaware. As Superintendent of the Christina School District, she enhanced the educational programs of students, improving student achievement, and administering district policies for a K-12 district, where approximately 15 percent of the students spoke a language other than English at home. Dr. Lowery identified and closed a $17.5 million year-over-year fiscal deficit and lead the district back to solvency.
Dr. Lowery received her Doctorate of Education degree in Education and Policy Studies from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University [“Virginia Tech”], a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and
Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
Education from North Carolina Central University. She was a Fellow in the Broad Foundation’s Urban
Superintendents Academy in 2004.
She has many community and professional affiliations that include the American Association of School
Administrators (AASA), Delaware State University Board of Trustees, the ETS Teacher Licensure and
Certification Delaware Advisory Board, Workforce Investment Board, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Partnership, the Southern Regional Education Board, Vision 2015 Steering and Implementation Committees, the Delaware Nature Society, and the Delaware Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board.
On the national and international stage, Dr. Lowery has presented her numerous publications that include,
Programs and Projects that Facilitate Emergent Literacy; Whose Leadership is Required?; Comparative
Education: Standards-Based Learning; Community Support for Minority Student Achievement; and Forum on the Public School.
Awards include Second Mile Award, 2008, University of Delaware; Junior Achievement Award, 2007, Wilmington, Delaware; Outstanding Service Award, 2006, Fairfax County Public Schools Board of Education; Mayor’s Service Award, 2002, City of Fairfax, Virginia; Outstanding Service Award and Proclamation, 2002, City of Fairfax School Board; Outstanding School Representative, 2002, Fairfax Youth Community Alliance; and Citizenship Award, 2001, City of Fairfax Police Department.