State Superintendent Search

The Maryland State Board of Education completed the process of identifying a State Superintendent of Schools to serve for the term beginning on July 1, 2024, and continuing through June 30, 2028 with an announcement of Dr. Carey Wright's selection as State Superintendent on April 24, 2024. The Maryland State Board of Education retained Hazard, Young, and Attea (HYA) Associates to conduct a nationwide search for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. Working alongside the State Board, the firm assisted in leading recruitment, stakeholder engagement, vetting of qualified candidates, and conducting outreach to assist in the State Superintendent selection and appointment process. A summary of the search process and the various steps the Board took is available below.

Information on the State Superintendent Search:

Leadership Profile Report

Desired Characteristics

Superintendent Search Summary

Virtual Public Town Hall Meetings on State Superintendent Search

All town hall participants will be asked the same three questions during the event. The town hall facilitator will describe how they will call on participants at the beginning of the town hall.

Once feedback and data are collected from the town halls and other focus groups, the HYA team looks for themes that develop between responses and develop a Leadership Profile. Once the Maryland State Board of Education approves the Leadership Profile, it becomes the basis for recruiting, screening, and recommending candidates to the State Board.

The three questions are:

  1. What are the strengths of the Maryland State Department of Education, State Board of Education, and Maryland Public Schools in general?

  2. What are the most important challenges that the new superintendent will face?

  3. Name 2-3 characteristics (either professional or personal) that you believe would be needed for the new superintendent to be successful.


Maryland State Board of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Office: (410) 767-0467
Fax: (410) 333-2226
TTY/TDD: (410) 333-6442