Kennedy Krieger Institute Names Nancy Grasmick as First Woman Board Chair

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Kennedy Krieger Institute vice chair Nancy Grasmick, Ed.D. has been named the new chair of the board of directors, the first woman to hold this position.

Grasmick served as vice chair for four years, joining the board in 2011. She is currently the co-director of Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, an innovative fellowship program that prepares teachers and administrators as special education leaders to optimize learning for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Known for her strong focus on student achievement, teacher quality and public-school funding, Dr. Grasmick served as Maryland State Superintendent of Schools for 20 years. During her tenure, Education Week ranked Maryland #1 in the country for five consecutive years.

Dr. Grasmick also secured a coveted $250 million Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She was recently appointed professor at the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Education, and in 2012 was appointed the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation at Towson University.

“Whether it’s training educators, pioneering policy reform or advocating on behalf of youth, Nancy has had a tremendous impact on the education of hundreds of thousands of students by transforming the way they learn and how educators teach,” said outgoing Kennedy Krieger board chair Howard B. Miller, Esq. “There is no one more deserving or fitting to be our board’s next chair.”

Grasmick expressed her humbleness and excitement over this immense honor.

“This will be a very exciting year as Bradley Schlaggar joins us as Kennedy Krieger’s new president and CEO,” Grasmick said. “I’m very much looking forward to working with him, and the board, to continue Kennedy Krieger’s tremendous growth and impact.”

In addition to naming Dr. Grasmick as chair, the board named Baltimore Ravens’ President Dick Cass as vice chair and elected new board members Michael Singer, executive managing director of Newmark Knight Frank, and Rick Rudman, president and CEO at

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