The Prince George’s County Board of Education is at authorized strength with the June 17 swearing-in of three new members—all veteran educators—to create a 14-member board.
Former University of the District of Columbia provost Beverly Anderson and former public school teacher Dan Kaufman, executive vice president of a New York City communications consultant firm, were the choices of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who culled them from a field of 160 applicants. Both hold doctoral degrees.
“I am pleased to announce and welcome the additions of Beverly Anderson and Dan Kaufman to the Prince George’s County Board of Education,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III in a statement. “Both are extremely knowledgeable professionals whose expertise and energy will complement the existing board membership.”
The County Council selected former public school teacher Curtis Valentine, who worked in the county district he is to represent on the board and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Anderson, from Ft. Washington, Md., held posts as provost, professor and vice president at UDC during a 30-year career. “I’ve been a little disappointed in how the schools have been performing, so I wanted to have an opportunity to do all I can to make governance as strong as it can be, so we can have an excellent school system,” she said.
Kaufman, who taught in the Atlanta, Ga. public school system, lives in Bowie and is executive vice president of Widmeyer Communications, a public relations firm based in Washington, D.C., and New York that works with education, health care and other nonprofit agencies. He oversees the firm’s involvement in schools from the pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Kaufman is a former communications director at the Maryland State Education Association, a National Education Association spokesperson, and an adjunct professor of education policy at American University.
Valentine is a Fort Washington resident and education advocate. Valentine was also a former teacher in the Prince George’s district that he will now coordinate.