Board of Education of Baltimore County appoints next superintendent

Darryl L. Williams, PhD.


The Board of Education of Baltimore County voted to appoint the next superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, Tuesday evening.

The board voted to appoint Darryl L. Williams as the next superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools effective July 1.

The appointment comes after an extensive nationwide superintendent search facilitated by Ray and Associates, Inc., with input from over 4,400 county citizens.

Williams currently serves as the area superintendent of K-12 schools in eight clusters in Montgomery County Public Schools, officials said.

Williams served two years as the associate superintendent of 38 middle schools and two years as the community superintendent for the Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder and Watkins Mill clusters.

Williams served as the principal at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring from 2007-2011. He also served as principal of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg and William H. Farquhar Middle School in Olney.

in a statement, Williams said, "I am honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and I am excited to serve our students, leaders, staff, and communities. I will focus on the needs of our students and staff and work to maintain a positive and effective learning environment for all. We have to continue to move our district in a positive direction and listen to stakeholders, and students about our successes and areas of improvement and make necessary changes. Our students come first and our work as a unified team will positively impact the lives of the students in BCPS."

"Dr. Williams comes to Baltimore County highly recommended and with a solid and lengthy track record of success for students in Montgomery County Public Schools. His focus on supporting all students, in every school, gives us every confidence in his ability to deliver outstanding results for Baltimore County," Board Chair Kathleen Causey said.

Interim Schools Superintendent Verletta White issued a statement, saying, "Serving the children of Baltimore County has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I am grateful to have worked with dedicated educators, staff, and community members for the past 24 years. While I am disappointed in the Board’s final decision, I am appreciative of their consideration.

"I would like to congratulate Dr. Darryl L. Williams on his appointment. In the coming months, I will work closely with him to ensure a smooth transition and to continue supporting the school system that I love so dearly."

Last year, the board voted to appoint White to continue as the interim superintendent. Members passed a motion 8-4 to submit White’s name to continue as interim to the state superintendent for approval.

Causey and three other board members had concerns about the ethics investigation involving White. State Superintendent Karen Salmon expressed doubts about White’s qualifications after White was investigated by the district’s ethics panel for receiving money as a consultant while serving as chief academic officer. White has since modified her forms.

The Board of Education said the following of White, "The Board of Education greatly appreciates the leadership, hard work, and commitment of Interim Superintendent Verletta White. Mrs. White was thrust into the position during a turbulent time and provided much needed stability to Baltimore County Public Schools. We look forward to formally honoring her more than 20 years of service dedicated to educating children.”

Baltimore County Exectutive Johnny Olszewski released a statement: “I want to congratulate Dr. Williams on his appointment as superintendent. With growing enrollment, increasing diversity, and existing capacity shortages to address, BCPS faces considerable challenges in the coming years. Dr. Williams brings a wealth of experience to the job, and I look forward to working with him to move Baltimore County Public Schools forward and ensure we are providing Baltimore County’s children with the best education possible.

"I also want to thank Ms. Verletta White for her years of dedicated service to our children, our schools, and our communities. Every educator touches the lives of countless students, and Ms. White is no different – our school system is better because of her service.”

The board said it looks forward to welcoming and introducing Williams to the community and will be publicizing those opportunities in the coming weeks.

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