Prince George’s County Schools CEO Kevin M. Maxwell has been named Maryland Superintendent of the Year for 2014 by the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM) for his work as chief of Anne Arundel County’s schools.

Maxwell, hired in June to turn around the Prince George’s school system, was applauded for narrowing the achievement gap in Anne Arundel and for forging strong ties with the Anne Arundel community. 

He will represent the state in February at the National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn., at which a national superintendent of the year is to be named.

News of Maxwell’s award to represent the state came during the annual Maryland Negotiating Service Awards Banquet in Ocean City Nov. 1.

“This is one of the highest honors I have received during my 35-year career in education,” Maxwell said in a press release. “When you are selected by your peers for such recognition, it is both a thrilling and humbling experience. I extend my sincerest thanks to my colleagues for their nomination.”

“This award is well deserved and speaks volumes of Dr. Maxwell’s accomplishments and his on-going contributions to the field of education,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said in a news release. “He brings the type of innovation and creativity to the job that we were looking for in our new Chief Executive Officer and our school system is fortunate to have him as our leader.”

In June, Baker appointed Maxwell as CEO for Prince George’s County.

In 2011 President Obama recognized Maxwell as a “Champion of Change.”

The superintendent of the year award is the latest in a string of accolades for Maxwell, who has been recognized throughout his career for outstanding leadership, impact on student achievement, and work in building strategic partnerships and engaging the community in education. Maxwell was PSSAM president from 2012 to 2013.

“I am very proud that Dr. Maxwell has been selected as this year’s Maryland Superintendent of the Year,” Segun C. Eubanks, chair of the Prince George’s County Board of Education, said. “Since his return to PGCPS as CEO this summer, he has demonstrated his determination to move our school district forward and his willingness to work together as a team to make decisions that are in the best interests of children.”

Born in Northern Virginia, Maxwell grew up in Prince George’s County. He attended Kentland Elementary, Kent Junior High and Bladensburg High School, all in Prince George’s.

And he remained in the county for most of his post-secondary education, earning his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maxwell began his career in public education with PGCPS in 1978, where he served 22 years as a teacher, principal and administrator, with time spent at both Crossland and Central high schools just after he earned his undergraduate degree. From 2000 to 2006, he worked in Montgomery County Public Schools as a principal and community superintendent, and then went on to serve as superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools for seven years.

Maxwell’s twin daughters, from his first marriage, graduated from Anne Arundel County. However, his son and youngest daughter graduated from Bowie High School in Prince George’s County.

“Dr. Maxwell is very deserving of this award,” Deputy Superintendent of Schools for PGCPS Monique Davis said. “He has a unique ability for building partnerships and bringing the entire community together in support of public education.”

Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer