Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Lillian M. Lowery became Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the
State Board on July 1, 2012. Dr. Lowery's focus has been on raising achievement for all students, closing
the achievement gap, preparing graduates for college and career, and supporting educator
effectiveness. She has paid particular attention to strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) education.
She moved to Maryland from Delaware, where she served as Secretary of Education. Dr. Lowery has
worked in various education institutions and programs since 1976. She served for three years as the
Superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, DE, served as an Assistant
Superintendent in Fairfax County, VA, and as an Area Superintendent in Fort Wayne, IN. She held other
administrative positions, and began her career as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels
A graduate in English and Secondary Education at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Lowery received
her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina, and her
Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.