Dr. Lillian Lowery (Delaware Department of Education)

Lowery has been Secretary of Education in Delaware since 2009, where she oversaw the winning grant application that led Delaware to become one of the first states to be awarded a federal Race to the Top grant. She was also formerly an assistant superintendent in Fairfax County Public Schools.

She will assume her new job on July 1 at the top of a nationally recognized system.

Lowery will succeed interim state superintendent Bernard J. Sadusky, and Nancy Grasmick, who retired last summer after two decades at the helm.

“I am very excited to join an outstanding educational system, and look forward to working with Maryland educators across the state,” she said in a news statement released Friday morning. “The success of the State of Maryland’s public education transformation agenda, just as the national agenda, is an economic must and the means to future success for our youngest citizens.”