Mohammed Choudhury officially assumed the office of Maryland state superintendent of schools on July 1. He is responsible for leading the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the state’s education policy through the implementation of the Blueprint for Education and emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously serving as associate superintendent and chief strategy, talent and innovation officer for the San Antonio Independent School District, he brings his steadfast commitment to equity, innovation and excellence in public education to Maryland. During his initial transition period, Choudhury plans to build upon the solid foundation established by his predecessor, Dr. Karen B. Salmon, and the MSDE team through engagement, listening and learning.
“Maryland’s admirable dedication and foundation for ensuring the success of every student and bridging gaps in education are initiatives that I am excited to spearhead,” Choudhury said in a statement. “With MSDE’s Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the unwavering commitment of the state’s leaders and an innovative mindset, we can continue to build upon a resilient foundation to achieve these goals and more.”
On May 27, the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously appointed Choudhury as the next Maryland state superintendent of schools. The appointment occurred following a rigorous and multi-phased national search, closely guided by community and stakeholder input. Choudhury’s visionary leadership, and experience integrating transformative policies and groundbreaking practices, which have surpassed expectations and raised the national standard, distinguished him from other solid leaders.
“Mohammed Choudhury is nationally recognized for his groundbreaking work and leadership on education reform,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We welcome him to our state and look forward to working with him to ensure that every Maryland child has access to a world-class education.”
Board President Clarence Crawford explained that the search for a superintendent focused on a leader who was passionate about both education and children.
“It was someone who could build on Maryland’s past successes and boldly transform Maryland education to meet the challenges of the future,” Crawford said, referencing the ideal candidate. “Mr. Choudhury encompasses those traits and more with his refreshing ideas, unique perspective and his engaging high-energy approach. We are fortunate to have Maryland’s chief education officer be someone who prioritizes diversity and values the input of others. I am confident in Mr. Choudhury’s ability to elevate the Maryland school experience for all students and continue the state’s national impact on education.”
Tirelessly working to increase opportunities and improve achievement rates for students disproportionately affected by systemic barriers, Choudhury is recognized for co-leading the transformation of San Antonio’s large school system, where 90% of students are economically disadvantaged. He developed a new system to combat inequity in the San Antonio Independent School district – boosting the district from one of the lowest performing to the fastest improving in Texas.