The Maryland State Board of Education on Thursday named a former Queen Anne’s County schools chief as the interim state superintendent of schools.

Bernard J. Sadusky, who was the Queen Anne’s chief until 2007, will replace Nancy S. Grasmick, the longtime state superintendent who is retiring in July.

Sadusky led the Queen Anne’s schools for 13 years before becoming a state liaison to local school systems. He said in a statement that he intends to focus on the state’s Race to the Top program, an effort to build a “transparent and fair” teacher evaluation system with a $250 million federal grant. The state recently applied for a 12-month extension to implement the program after struggling to create such a system.

“Job number one must be to maintain our educational progress,” he stated. “My plan is to continue the work that the State Board and Dr. Grasmick have started.”

State Board President James DeGraffenreidt called Sadusky ‘’the right leader for this transitional period.”