- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2011

A former Queen Anne’s County Public Schools superintendent was named interim superintendent of the Maryland State Department of Education on Thursday.

Bernard J. Sadusky was chosen by the Maryland State Board of Education to replace retiring Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick as the search continues for a permanent state schools chief.

Mr. Sadusky served as superintendent of the Queen Anne’s school system from 1994 to 2007. He retired and joined the staff at the Maryland State Department of Education, serving as policy liaison with local school systems.

He has spent more than 30 years as an administrator and teacher in Queen Anne’s County.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Mr. Sadusky “understands the state’s public education system” and expressed confidence in Mr. Sadusky’s ability to lead the school system.

Mrs. Grasmick called Mr. Sadusky the “perfect choice” for the job.

“He understands education from the local system perspective and has spent a career helping strengthen student performance,” she said.

Mrs. Grasmick announced her intention to retire in April after nearly 20 years on the job. She currently ranks as the nation’s longest-serving appointed state schools’ chief.

Mr. Sadusky received his bachelor’s degree in biology from King’s College in Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Washington College and a doctorate in educational administration from Nova-Southeastern University. He was Maryland’s superintendent of the year in 2007.

• Matthew Cella can be reached at mcella@washingtontimes.com.

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