Governor Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Appoint Three Members to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners


ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 18, 2010) –Governor Martin O’Malley in conjunction with Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, today announced the appointment of Lisa Akchin, and re-appointments of Jerrelle Francois and  Maxine J. Wood to the City Board of School Commissioners. 

“I am proud to join Mayor Rawlings-Blake in announcing the appointments of Ms Akchin and the re-appointments of Ms. Francois and Ms. Wood to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners,” said Governor O’Malley.  “I am confident that each member appointed today possesses the skill and the leadership necessary to ensure every child in Baltimore City receives the quality public education they deserve.”

“For years, Lisa Akchin has committed herself to improving educational opportunities for people in Maryland,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake.  “She and her fellow appointees have the experience and leadership to make Baltimore’s schools better and stronger in the years to come.”

Below is background information on the three appointees: 

Lisa Akchin is the Associate Vice President and Assistant to the President at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and has served in that role since 1994.  As Associate Vice President, Ms. Akchin leads the public relations and marking, government and community relations, and strategic planning for the University.  Prior to that, she served as the Director of Marketing for the University of Maryland Medical System from 1987 to 1994, where she directed the marketing activities of the academic medical center, including the hospital and the faculty practices of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  From 1984 to 1987, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, and was responsible for creating the first marketing and communications department for this statewide women’s health agency to support clinical services, fundraising, education and advocacy.  Ms. Akchin also served in various editorial positions at the Syracuse Post-Standard¸Whittle Communications, and the Lenoir City News. 

Ms. Akchin received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1977, and received her Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning with a specialization in social organization and planning from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009.  She is a recipient of the Robert Janes Award, an award presented to a student who has exercised leadership in planning with disadvantaged communities.  Ms. Akchin has also taken business courses in marketing, management and information systems at the University of Baltimore and Loyola College. 

She has served on various boards and committees, including the Baltimore Collegetown Network, the Baltimore County Executive’s Economic Advisory Board, the University System of Maryland State Relations Council, the GBC Leadership Advisory Group to Baltimore City Schools CEO, the Baltimore City Schools Communications Advisory Committee, and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, among many others. 

Jerrelle Francois is seeking reappointment to her second full term.  Ms. Francois has served for five years on the City Board and is a former teacher and administrator with the Baltimore City Public School System, with over 40 years of experience.  Ms. Francois is one of four qualified candidates who possess a high level of knowledge and expertise in education. 

Maxine J. Wood is seeking reappointment to her first full term, having been appointed to complete the term of the previous Board member.   Dr. Wood is the Chief Operating Officer for Site Development and Operations at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University.    Dr. Wood is one of four qualified candidates who possess business/administrative expertise as well as a high level of knowledge and expertise in education. 

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