• News Release: Dr. Monica Goldson Appointed PGCPS Chief Executive Officer

    News Release: Dr. Monica Goldson Appointed PGCPS Chief Executive Officer

    June 18, 2019
    For Immediate Release
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    301-952-6001

    First woman from Prince George’s County to lead school system, second woman in PGCPS history

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD—Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks announced the appointment Tuesday of Dr. Monica Goldson as Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), effective July 1, 2019.

    Dr. Goldson has served in the interim role since July 2018. She has spent her entire 28-year career in PGCPS, starting as a mathematics teacher at Suitland High School. Dr. Goldson has also served as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and Chief Operating Officer.

    “I am proud to announce, without reservation, Dr. Monica Goldson as the permanent CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools,” Alsobrooks said. “The reputation and institutional knowledge Dr. Goldson brings is invaluable. She brings a complete and comprehensive understanding of our school system.”

    As Interim CEO, she successfully advocated for increased school funding, student supports and public-private partnerships to enhance school construction capacity. Dr. Goldson’s strategic priorities include  driving more resources to low-performing schools, expanding access to prekindergarten and improving the availability of mental health services to students and families.

    “Our work to date is only the beginning. While the road ahead will not be without challenges, I remain confident that with open communication and collaboration, we will maintain a culture of transparency, accountability and academic excellence,” said Dr. Goldson. “PGCPS has been my home for 28 years and I simply cannot see myself doing this work anywhere else. It is my privilege to work every day towards building a system that fulfills its promise of academic excellence for all students.”

    Dr. Goldson is a former assistant principal of Forestville and Frederick Douglass high schools and principal of Frederick Douglass and Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. high schools. As the founding principal at Wise, she partnered with Prince George’s Community College to launch a dual enrollment program and oversaw a 182-point increase in SAT scores.

    A three-time graduate of historically Black colleges and universities, Dr. Goldson holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University.

    Fast Facts: Dr. Monica Goldson

    • First woman from Prince George’s County to lead the school system; second woman in PGCPS history
    • Potomac High School Graduate
    • Former Interim CEO, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and Chief Operating Officer
    • Longest PGCPS tenure among recent superintendents/CEOs
    • Founding principal of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School
    • PGCPS parent
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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 206 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.