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Superintendent's Biography

Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Maryland Interim State Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Jack R. Smith became Interim State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board on September 14, 2015. He joined the Maryland State Department of Education as Chief Academic Officer to lead the Office of Teaching and Learning in August 2013.

Dr. Smith’s focus has been on working closely with local school systems; parent, business, advocacy and other stakeholder groups; teacher associations; institutes of higher education; and state and federal governments to ensure that high quality teaching and learning occur in Maryland public schools. The goal is to provide all students, regardless of their learning needs, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status, with options and choices upon graduation.

Dr. Smith joined MSDE from Calvert County, Maryland, where he served as superintendent for seven years and was named the 2013 Maryland Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Smith previously served as Deputy Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and middle school principal. He started his career as a teacher in Richland, Washington, and has held leadership positions in Japan and Thailand.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University and his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

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