Urban leadership program accepts school official

February 02, 2005

An Anne Arundel County school system official has been selected for a training program that grooms business, military and education officials to lead urban school districts.

Jose M. Torres, the county's assistant superintendent for student support services, will participate in the California-based Broad Foundation's Urban Superintendents Academy.

Torres, the former superintendent of the San Ysidro, Calif., district, also held a Cabinet-level position in the San Jose, Calif., school district.

He will continue as an assistant superintendent while he attends sessions approximately every month during long weekends for the next 10 months.

"It's a good opportunity to continue to develop my leadership skills," Torres said. "It'll help me to do better what I'm doing here."

Program members commit to accepting a leadership position, such as superintendent, deputy superintendent or chief of staff, at one of 175 districts designated by the program within 18 months of graduating.

In Maryland, school systems in Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore counties as well as the city of Baltimore receive candidates.

Joseph J. Wise, a former assistant superintendent for Anne Arundel, is a 2003 alumnus of the program. He is now superintendent of the Christina, Del., school district.

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