Sign up for our newsletter

Grasmick, Nancy

Former Maryland Superintendent of Education


Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick was Maryland’s first female state superintendent and the U.S.’s longest serving appointed schools chief. She’s known for her strong focus on student achievement, teacher quality, parent involvement, public school funding, and early care and education. In fact, it is this commitment to high-quality early learning that has made Maryland the only state in the nation to consolidate all its early childhood programs at the state department of education.

Under Dr. Grasmick’s leadership, Maryland has been nationally recognized for its many achievements. Maryland’s SAT scores steadily ranked first in the College Board’s Middle States region, and Maryland leads the nation in improving high school students’ performance in the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) program.

Dr. Grasmick has received numerous awards for her visionary leadership, including the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. In 2007, Loyola College in Maryland awarded Dr. Grasmick its President’s Medal in honor of her professional accomplishments and service to the community. She was also named a 2007 Influential Marylander by The Daily Record.