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.