Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell was named Chief Executive Officer of Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) in July 2013 by Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. He assumed his new role on August 1, and is contracted to serve as CEO until August 2017.
Dr. Maxwell returned to Prince George's County to serve the community he has lived in since second grade. A graduate of Bladensburg High School, he also began his career there as an educator. Starting in 1979, he served students for 22 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. While acting as Chief Educational Administrator and principal of Northwestern High School, his accomplishments included increasing Advanced Placement (AP) participation ten-fold and reconstituting one of six Twenty-First Century Schools that had not been meeting state achievement targets. He also secured funding for - and assisted in the design of - a technologically advanced high school built around the concept of smaller learning communities.
Throughout his career, Dr. Maxwell's work has focused on raising student achievement, increasing student participation in rigorous coursework and engaging state, county and local stakeholders. An active member of the community, he has assumed leadership roles in a wide variety of task forces, committees and organizations, serving as secretary and president of the Public School Superintendent's Association of Maryland (PSSAM), member of the Advisory Committee for Education for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), co-chair of the Maryland Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel and member of the Montgomery County Gang Task Force.
Dr. Maxwell served as Superintendent for Anne Arundel County Public Schools from July 2006 through July 2013. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of operating, staffing and evaluating the forty-seventh largest school district in the United States. An avid advocate for the arts, he was honored in 2010 as Arts Education Advocate of the Year by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) for his efforts to enhance arts education programs in Anne Arundel County, which included the opening of the county's first Performing and Visual Arts magnet school at Bates Middle School. Prior to his appointment as superintendent in Anne Arundel county, he served as a Community Superintendent and principal for Montgomery County Public Schools.
Dr. Maxwell has been named Maryland Superintendent of the Year for 2014 by the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM). As the 2014 Maryland Superintendent of the Year, he will represent the state in the National Superintendent of the Year program, which was established by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to pay tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
Dr. Maxwell earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He received a Master of Science Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). In 2008, he was named Alumnus of the Year in Humanities by UMBC for having brought "distinction to UMBC through both personal and professional accomplishments."
Dr. Maxwell lives with his wife Nancy in Bowie, Maryland, and he has three daughters and one son who are all graduates of Maryland public schools. His hobbies include reading, traveling and collecting tropical fish.