Kevin Maxwell, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, has been named Maryland Superintendent of the Year by the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland for his work in Anne Arundel County.
The award came during the annual Maryland Negotiating Service Awards Banquet on Thursday in Ocean City, according to the school system.
Maxwell was selected by a committee of his peers in the association, according to Carl Roberts, executive director.
Maxwell was superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools for seven years before being selected by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) to head Prince George’s schools this year.
“Dr. Maxwell is a very student-oriented leader, he is a very community-oriented leader, and he is devoted to closing the student subgroup disparency gap,” Roberts said. “In the past seven years, he has made a significant impact on closing that gap. He took it on as a priority.”
Roberts said Maxwell has earned the respect of his peers. “They felt he was very deserving of this award.”
Maxwell was president of the superintendents association during the 2012-13 school year.
“This is one of the highest honors I have received in my 35 years in education,” Maxwell said in a statement. “When you are selected by your peers for such recognition, it is a humbling experience.”
Maxwell started as a teacher then became a principal and administrator in Prince George’s County before taking leadership posts in Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties, but has continued to live in Prince George’s.
As Maryland’s Superintendent of the Year, Maxwell is a candidate for National Superintendent of the Year award from the American Association of School Administrators at its National Conference on Education Feb. 14-15 in Nashville, Tenn.