The Board of Education has narrowed the list of candidates to be Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ next superintendent to seven, and announced the formation of a 20-member panel of county residents that will interview finalists for the position once they are chosen.

From the 55 applications received for the superintendent position, Board members each formulated a list of 12 candidates to lead Maryland’s fifth largest school system. Those lists were compiled by Ray & Associates, the search firm hired to lead the search, and the Board last week reduced the list further. Candidates with whom the Board wishes to conduct initial interviews are now being contacted.

After those interviews are complete, the Board will develop a list of finalists with whom to conduct second interviews. That process will include interviews with the broad-based and diverse community panel, which was selected by the Board’s Superintendent Search Committee after consultation with the full Board.

“We are fortunate to have a highly qualified group of applicants for the Superintendent position,” said Board Member Stacy Korbelak, who is chairing the search committee. “We have a difficult decision ahead of us, but look forward to the next few weeks as we work together with our stakeholder representatives to select the best leader for the children of Anne Arundel County.”

The Board intends to appoint a superintendent at its April 23 meeting. Members of the community panel are:

  • Alfreda Adams, retired principal, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Del. Pamela Beidle, District 32, Maryland House of Delegates; owner, Beidle Insurance
  • Linnell Bowen, President, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
  • Suzanne Boyer, Executive Director of Human Resources, Anne Arundel Community College; former chair, Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School Governing Board
  • Pamela Bukowski, President, Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs; member, Board of Directors, Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County; speech and language pathologist, AACPS
  • Edward P. “Ned” Carey, Chief Administrative Officer, Maryland Aviation Administration; former member, Anne Arundel County Board of Education (2002-2010)
  • Kia Chandler, member, Executive Committee, Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Jodie Hogan, Spanish teacher, South River High School; Anne Arundel County 2013 Teacher of the Year
  • Jeffrey Macris, professor, United States Naval Academy; former chair, Annapolis Education Commission; 2010 Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award winner
  • Maurice McBride, Senior Enlisted Leader Clinical Support Services Directorate, Naval Health Clinic Annapolis; member, Executive Committee, Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Enrique Melendez, Vice President, Paragon Project Resources Inc.; chair, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; former member, Anne Arundel County Board of Education (2005-2010)
  • Yevola Peters, Special Assistant to County Executive Laura Neuman for Human Relations and Minority Affairs; member, Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Commission
  • Nisha Rastogi, Owner, Primrose School of Gambrills
  • Thurman Reynolds, senior project manager for residential home building, Toll Brothers Inc.; member, Executive Committee, Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Kara Ritterpusch, student, Chesapeake High School; President, Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils; Executive Staff Member, Maryland Association of Student Councils
  • Col. Edward Rothstein, former Garrison Commander, Fort George G. Meade; President and CEO, Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation
  • Capt. Chip Seymour, Former Director of Candidate Guidance/Admissions, United States Naval Academy; Co-Chair, Anne Arundel County Public Schools International Baccalaureate Advisory Board
  • Lisa Shore, President, Old Mill High School PTA
  • Pete Smith, former member, Anne Arundel County Council; member, Anne Arundel County Fire Advisory Board; member, Diversity Advisory Board, Anne Arundel County Public Library
  • Rev. Stephen Tillett, pastor, Asbury-Broadneck United Methodist Church; President, Annapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance