Maryland makes Interim State Superintendent of Schools title permanent for Dr Carey Wright

25 April 2024- The State Board voted unanimously on April 24, 2024, to appoint Dr. Carey M. Wright as the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools for the term to begin July 1, 2024. Since October 23, 2023, Dr. Wright has served as the Interim State Superintendent of Schools.

The selection of Dr. Wright follows an extensive nationwide search process that began in October 2023. The State Board worked with the firm Hazard Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to conduct the search for the next State Superintendent.

“During our search process, stakeholders told us Maryland needs an experienced school leader with a clear track record of improving outcomes for children and an understanding of public education in Maryland,” said Search Committee Chair and State Board Vice President Dr. Joshua Michael. “Our search yielded a candidate who brings decades of service as a teacher and systems leader in Maryland who has also led transformational reform as a state superintendent. Dr. Carey Wright is the leader for this moment, ready to move in partnership and with purpose to improve outcomes for children in Maryland.”

Dr. Wright brings to the position decades of service as a Maryland educator with stints in Prince George’s, Howard, and Montgomery County Public Schools as a teacher, principal, director of special education, and associate superintendent. Dr. Wright served as the Chief Academic Officer in DC Public Schools. Dr. Wright obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“Dr. Carey Wright’s distinguished career as an educator, administrator, and leader in public education has uniquely prepared her to meet this moment as Maryland’s State Superintendent,” said Governor Wes Moore. “She is a champion for students, and I’m confident that she is the leader we need to fulfill the promise of creating a world-class public education system for Maryland.”

Under Dr. Wright’s leadership as Interim State Superintendent, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has successfully managed a transition of superintendent administrations, worked in concert with the State Board to take significant actions necessary to improve Maryland’s math and literacy rates, and built foundational relationships with key stakeholders.

“I am honored to be selected as the State Superintendent of Schools for Maryland and I’m grateful to the State Board of Education for this amazing opportunity. Growing up in Maryland, I know how good our schools are and how much better we can be,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carey M. Wright. “I believe by advancing literacy and mathematics for every child at every level from prekindergarten to high school graduation, we can prepare students for the career pathway they choose and success in life. Our work will bring transformational change and elevate public education in ways that will benefit today’s students and future generations.”

Prior to her service as Maryland’s Interim State Superintendent, Dr. Wright served for nine years as the State Superintendent of Schools in Mississippi leading successful educational reform efforts that guided Mississippi to lead the nation in improving student achievement outcomes.              

“The State Board is thrilled to announce Dr. Wright as our next permanent State Superintendent. The Board is confident that Dr. Wright is the leader for this critical moment in the history of our state’s education system. She has the experience, expertise, and leadership track record to execute successful implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future that will show demonstrable results for children,” said State Board President Clarence Crawford. “We look forward to having her serve as a leader, partner, and consensus builder in the educational community in Maryland.”

Dr. Wright will begin a full four-year term on July 1, 2024, and will receive a salary at an annual rate of $360,500.