Anne Arundel names interim schools chief


Nancy M. Mann will be named interim Anne Arundel County schools superintendent today, according to county officials.

The school system has scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference to introduce the new interim superintendent.

Several Anne Arundel County Board of Education members declined to comment on the selection because it has not been made official. Mann did not return a call to her home yesterday.

Mann, 58, is a retired assistant superintendent who worked her way through the school system during a 35-year career that she began in 1970 as a teacher.

She will replace Superintendent Eric J. Smith, who will leave the post Nov. 23 for an unpaid position at Harvard University.

Board members have declined to offer specifics about when the position will be filled permanently or how the search process will work. A normal timetable would be about six months, according to search firms that routinely help school systems pick new superintendents, meaning that finalists for the job could be chosen by April.

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens said Mann's wide-ranging experience makes her the right person to replace Smith on an interim basis.

"Dr. Mann brings experience as a classroom teacher, school principal and [in] systems administration," Owens said. "There's no school in this county that she's not knowledgeable about. ... She will keep everyone on track."

Before Mann retired in June, she oversaw many changes after Smith became superintendent in 2002, including the implementation of a uniform math and reading curriculum countywide.

She started her career teaching at Harman Elementary School in Hanover. She went on to become an assistant principal at Parole Elementary School, and principal of Folger McKinsey and Solley elementary schools, according to a county schools statement in June announcing her retirement.

In 1985, Mann became director of elementary schools for the school system, and she had worked as assistant superintendent for instructional services since 1993.

Mann graduated from Fairmont State College in West Virginia with a degree in elementary education. She also received a master's degree in administration and supervision from the Johns Hopkins University.

She lives in Severn with her husband.

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