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GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY AND STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. LILLIAN LOWERY APPOINT THREE MEMBERS TO THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SELECTION COMMITTEE



GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY AND STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. LILLIAN LOWERY APPOINT THREE MEMBERS TO THE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SELECTION COMMITTEE


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GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY AND STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF

SCHOOLS DR. LILLIAN LOWERY APPOINT THREE MEMBERS TO THE

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SELECTION COMMITTEE

 

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 10, 2013) - Governor Martin O’Malley and State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lillian Lowery, today announced the appointment of three members to the Search Committee for the Chief Executive Officer of the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. These appointments are being made following passage of legislation (HB1107) outlining a revised governance structure for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Part of the new structure includes a process for creating a search committee to select the next superintendent. The statute takes effect June 1st. State Superintendent Lowery has selected Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, the president of State Board of Education, who is also chosen as chair of the Search Committee. Governor O’Malley has appointed two Prince George’s County residents: Mr. Orlan M. Johnson and Mr. Kenneth W. Johnson. 

“I am pleased to join Dr. Lowery in announcing these appointments to the search committee,” said Governor O’Malley. “Dr. Charlene Dukes, Orlan Johnson and Kenneth Johnson are deeply committed to Prince George’s County, its students, and to helping continue the achievements and progress in our schools.” 

“Dr. Charlene Dukes, Kenneth Johnson, and Orlan Johnson each bring a unique understanding of the needs, challenges, and opportunities of the Prince George’s County schools,” said Dr. Lowery. “Dr. Dukes provides a deep knowledge of the school system and its students, an essential ingredient needed to help determine the next leader of system.”

Dr. Charlene M. Dukes is currently the president of Prince George’s Community College. Since May 2007, she has served on the Maryland State Board of Education and was elected president by her colleagues in 2012. From 2002 through 2006, Dukes served as an appointed member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an English concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s and Doctorate in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has been recognized by the African-American Alumni Council of the University of Pittsburgh as an Outstanding Alumnus (2007), and by Indiana University of Pennsylvania as the Distinguished Alumnus (2008).   In 2011 The Washingtonian recognized her as one of “100 Most Powerful Women” in the Washington, D.C. region.

She previously accepted appointments to the Board of Directors at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Dukes is a member of the Board of Directors of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Prince George’s County Business Round Table, the Harlem Renaissance Foundation, Hillside Works-Scholarship Connection, Doctors’ Community Hospital, and College Summit. She serves as secretary of the President’s Round Table.

She resides in Glenn Dale, Maryland, and her son, Maurice Dukes, is a senior at Howard University.

Kenneth W. Johnson, a Prince George’s County native is an assistant general counsel at Sodexo, Inc., a food and facilities management services company.

Since moving back to Maryland in 1998, his work at Sodexo, Inc. has involved regulatory compliance issues, negotiations and policy and strategy development. He has also served as the operations attorney for the Sodexo School Service (K-12), Colleges and Universities, Hospitals and Senior Services/Long Term Care Divisions. 

Johnson earned a Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard University in 1987. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1991 with a law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law. He practiced law in Los Angeles on the defense side of civil litigation representing governmental clients such as the Los Angeles Unified School district and insurance companies. 

Johnson, his wife Vernita, and their two daughters are residents of Prince George’s County.  As a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Mr. Johnson and his family all attended Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Mr. Orlan M. Johnson is a principal at TJC Consulting Group, LLC, an international business consulting firm. He is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law. Mr. Johnson previously served as a partner in the business department of Saul Ewing in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Johnson has also served as a branch chief for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as lead counsel on numerous audits of public utility companies in conjunction with state and local public utility commissions.

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Andrews University (MI) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and Howard University School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor Degree. 

Mr. Johnson recently served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland where he has served as chairman. He also served as chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation and has been a member of the University of Maryland Medical System Corporation Board of Directors. He previously served as president of the Prince George’s Community College Foundation and as a member of the college's Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson has been a resident of Maryland since 1984.