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In April 2012, the Maryland State Board of Education appointed Dr. Lillian M. Lowery to take the helm of the nation's number-one ranked State school system on July 1, 2012. In assuming her new role as Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Lillian expressed that she is excited to take Maryland's outstanding education system to the next level-implementing the initiatives of the State's third wave of education reform; supported by the federal Race to the Top [RTTT] grant. Prior to coming to Maryland, Lillian was appointed Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware. She received her Doctorate of Education degree in Education and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ["Virginia Tech"], a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from North Carolina Central University. She was a Fellow in the Broad Foundation's Urban Superintendents Academy in 2004. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.