The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) has named Dr. Bernard J. Sadusky, the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) current Interim State Superintendent of Schools, as its new executive director. Dr. Sadusky will begin his new post at MACC on July 1, after completing a year of service in the interim superintendent role at MSDE, where he has filled the position left vacant by the retirement last year of Dr. Nancy Grasmick.
Dr. Sadusky served as superintendent of schools in Maryland’s Queen Anne’s County from 1994 to 2007, and spent more than 30 years in total in the Queen Anne’s school system as an administrator and teacher. He was recognized as Maryland’s Superintendent of the Year in 2007. Following his retirement in Queen Anne’s County, he joined the Maryland State Department of Education as policy liaison to the local school systems, before being appointed by the Maryland Board of Education to serve as interim state superintendent in 2011.
“Dr. Sadusky brings to the Maryland Association of Community Colleges an enormous wealth of experience in the education field and a lifetime of industry experience in the specific context of our state, having worked with top educators, elected officials and other key policy makers, throughout his illustrious career,” said Dr. Guy Altieri, President of Hagerstown Community College and the current Chair of the Maryland Community College Presidents Council.
“We’re impressed not only by all that he has accomplished in helping Maryland to earn its well-deserved reputation for educational excellence, but also by his passion for and understanding of the unique and invaluable role that community colleges play in our higher education system,” added Dr. Altieri. “And we’re excited about how Dr. Sadusky’s vast experience in the K-12 sector in Maryland will help us to forge even stronger partnerships with our school systems across the state.”
“I’m extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead MACC forward at this critical time and to serve each of Maryland’s 16 outstanding community colleges,” said Dr. Sadusky. “I look forward to working closely with the presidents, trustees and other leaders from our member colleges to advance the important work that they are all doing to best serve the needs of hundreds of thousands of community college students throughout the state each year.”
Dr. Sadusky received his bachelor’s degree in biology from King’s College in Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Washington College and a doctorate in educational administration from Nova-Southeastern University.
As the new executive director, Dr. Sadusky fills the post that was left vacant by the recent retirement of H. Clay Whitlow, who had served MACC since 2006.