Hickey to take professorship at Towson U. when he retires

Next year, schools chief will establish Center for Leadership in Education

June 25, 1999|By Erika D. Peterman | Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF

Howard County Schools Superintendent Michael E. Hickey will join Towson University as a professor when he retires from the school system next year.

Hickey -- who has headed what is widely regarded as Maryland's top school system since 1984 -- will become the Naomi Price Hentz Distinguished Professor of Education Practice at Towson after stepping down in June 2000. Hickey, 61, will be primarily responsible for establishing the Center for Leadership in Education in Towson's College of Education.

Neither Hickey nor Dennis Hinkle, dean of the College of Education, were available for comment yesterday.

In his new job, which was announced this week, Hickey will be called upon to help expand graduate programs in education leadership at the master's and doctorate levels, link the Center for Leadership in Education to school district-level leadership training programs and set up an information site for school reform in Maryland.

In addition to working with other Towson faculty and staff, he will work with the state superintendent and the superintendents in Maryland's 24 school districts.

Howard County's 43,000-student school system has grown rapidly since Hickey arrived 15 years ago from his former post as superintendent of the St. Louis Park school district in Minnesota.

One of his latest initiatives is a pilot program to improve the county's focus schools -- those that receive extra resources because of lower performance -- by providing more training for teachers, limiting staff transfers into the schools, extending the school year and providing transportation for some students.

Hickey also was deputy superintendent of Seattlepublic schools.

In addition to his position in Howard, he is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hickey was named Maryland State Superintendent of the Year in 1992 and Minnesota State Superintendent of the Year in 1978.

He has four sons and lives in Columbia with his wife, Nichole, an artist.

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