Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 18, 2010


Annapolis, MD (February 18, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointments of Fred McNeil to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, and Sara-Beth James to the Allegany County Board of Education.  Ms. James fills the vacancy of Dr. Fred Sloan who passed away.  Mr. McNeil fills the vacancy of Faye C. Lister who passed away. 

“I am proud to announce the appointments of Mr. McNeil to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education and Ms. James to the Allegany County Board of Education,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Mr. McNeil’s long history of service to Queen Anne’s County and the Board of Education will be a tremendous asset to the Board.  Ms. James’ education, work experience and knowledge in the Allegany County community will help her serve as an effective member of the Allegany County Board of Education.  I am confident that each member appointed today possesses the skill and the leadership necessary to ensure every child receives the quality public education they deserve.”
Fred McNeil, an educator for 27 years in Queen Anne’s County, recently retired from the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, where he served in various roles, including Director of Public Relations, Ombudsman, Director of Adult Education, Director of TV Production and Services, Producer, Director and Announcer for Cable Channel 7 TV Educational programs, among others since 1981.  From 1977 to 1981, he served as Director of Counseling and Director of Education for Chesapeake College.  He is a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1966 to 1969 in Korea and Vietnam, and was honorably discharged.  Mr. McNeil received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1974 from the University of Maryland, and received his Master of Science in Counseling from Radford University on 1977.  He also received an administration certificate from Salisbury University in 1998, and received a state mediation training certificate in 2004.  He has been married for 34 years, has three grown children and one grandchild.  He is a resident of Centreville in Queen Anne’s County. 
Sara-Beth James is currently the Director of Institutional Research for Allegany College of Maryland and has served in the role since 2007.  In that role, she directs the research and evaluates research findings for the College’s operations and programs.   Prior to that, Ms. James served as the Evaluation & Program Specialist for the Local Management Board of Allegany County, where she researched, prepared and assessed grant programs and projects.  From 2000 to 2002, Ms. James was a Teaching/Research Assistant at the University of Delaware, where she provided teaching and research support to the department advisor. She is the Chairperson and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Allegany! Steering Committee, is the Chairperson of the Consumer Needs Committee of the Allegany College of Maryland, is the Secretary of the of the Friends Aware, Inc. Boards of Directors, and is a member of Maryland Community College Research Group, the Professional and Administrative Support Staff Association Committee of Allegany College of Maryland, and the Retention Committee and the Wellness Steering Committee of Allegany College of Maryland, among many others.  Ms. James also served on the Community Resource Committee: Utilization Study of Cumberland Secondary Schools for the Allegany County Board of Education in 2009.  She received her Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Frostburg State University in 2000, and received her Master of Science in Applied Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Delaware in 2002.  She is a resident of Cumberland, Allegany County.