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Maryland State Board of Education picks new superintendent

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously selected veteran educator Karen Salmon on Tuesday to be the state’s schools superintendent.

Salmon takes over as acting superintendent on June 1 before officially taking the position on July 1. She will succeed Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith, who was named the next superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools.

“I want to build on Maryland’s past accomplishments, streamline programs at the Maryland State Department of Education and articulate a shared vision for educational excellence,” Salmon said after the board’s vote.

Salmon spent more than 30 years an educator on the Eastern Shore. She started as a special education teacher in the Caroline County Public Schools. Salmon became assistant superintendent for Talbot County schools in 1997 and superintendent in 2003. In 2012, she was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year.

Salmon holds a Ph.D. in special education and administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“Dr. Salmon knows our state, understands our challenges and has a track record of developing effective solutions to educational issues through collaboration,” said Guffrie Smith, the board’s president.

Salmon became assistant state superintendent for college and career readiness in August, then took over as interim deputy superintendent for school effectiveness this year.