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Dr. Elizabeth M. Morgan Named National Superintendent of the Year

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 11, 2010) – Dr. Elizabeth M. Morgan, Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), has been named 2010 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).                      

The announcement was made at the National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz., this evening in front of more than 2,500 administrators from schools across the nation and American schools abroad. Dr. Morgan was selected from four finalists named in December, following her being named Maryland Superintendent of the Year in October. The National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING, and AASA, and now in its 23rd year, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

Dr. Morgan has been superintendent of WCPS since 2001. Since that time, she was named The Herald-Mail’s Washington County 2007 Person of the Year, was elected to Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times and inducted into the program’s Circle of Excellence, in addition to receiving Maryland’s Minority Achievement Award.  Dr. Morgan has also received the Outstanding Educational Professional Award from the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals, the Maryland Award for State Leadership in Gifted Education, and the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Award for Individual Excellence in Education. Prior to joining WCPS, Dr. Morgan was the recipient of the Service Above Self Award in 2001 from the Woodlawn-Westview Rotary, for successfully increasing student achievement in Baltimore City.

“Dr. Morgan’s recognition as 2010 National Superintendent of the Year is an outstanding professional accomplishment,” said Wayne Ridenour, president, Washington County Board of Education. “This recognition is also an honor for the entire school system, which has evolved into one of the best school systems in the state during her tenure. Dr. Morgan is a tireless advocate for student academic success, and we are fortunate to have her as the educational leader in this county.”

Under Dr. Morgan’s leadership, WCPS has managed nine years of consistent enrollment growth while continuing to increase student test scores in many areas, at the same time actively increasing academic rigor by adding an International Baccalaureate program, numerous magnet opportunities and additional honors and Advanced Placement courses.

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