Baltimore Archdiocese’s School Superintendent Accepts New Job, Leaving in July

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Superintendent Barbara McGraw Edmonson, via Archdiocese of Baltimore

A third area schools superintendent is on her way out the door, this time in the private realm.

Barbara McGraw Edmonson, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has accepted a top role with the Arlington, Va.-based National Catholic Educational Association, the archdiocese announced yesterday. She’ll be overseeing more than 6,400 Catholic schools as the NCEA’s chief leadership and program officer, a big jump from the 69 schools (66 after three close this summer) she oversees in the Baltimore area.

In a statement, Edmonson she’s excited to take the next step.

“I am honored and most excited to join the NCEA team and to have the opportunity to work with Catholic school educators from dioceses throughout the nation to advance the legacy of excellence in education and to make Christ present to those we serve,” she said. “I will greatly miss the educators, students, and my colleagues in Central Services and will cherish my 17 years in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.”

Edmonson joined the archdiocese in 2010 after spending more than a decade as principal of the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, as well as five years as principal of the St. Ambrose School in Cheverly. Before coming to Maryland, she was a catholic schoolteacher in New Jersey and Washington and also taught at George Washington University, where she earned her Ph.D.

“While we are deeply saddened by the news of her departure, we are grateful that she will continue to share her many talents and gifts for the benefit of Catholic schools in our Archdiocese, as well as dioceses throughout the United States,” said Archbishop William E. Lori in a statement.

Edmonson’s last day will be July 24. Chancellor of Schools Jim Sellinger will oversee a national search for her replacement.

The announcement of her impending departure is the latest shakeup for Baltimore-area schools. Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance announced last month that he plans to resign after one year into his four-year contract extension on June 30. The search for his interim replacement is ongoing.

In Howard County, former Superintendent Renee Foose quit unexpectedly late last month and was promptly replaced.

Unlike Edmonson, neither of the other two resigning superintendents had announced plans to take new positions elsewhere.

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