The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Outlines Key Criteria for MCPS Board of Education to Consider in the Search for a New Superintendent

February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015
Contact:  Michelle Guzman
301-738-0015 or

Rockville, MD – In response to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education’s announcement of Superintendent Joshua Starr’s resignation, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) submitted a letter to MCPS Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill encouraging them to consider key characteristics when searching for a new Superintendent.

“A successful, relevant and high performing public school system creates access to opportunities for all our residents,” wrote MCCC President and CEO Georgette “Gigi” Godwin. “The business and education communities are partners in striving to achieve this shared vision.”

The outlined characteristics include the following:

  • Commitment to work with the business community as a partner
  • Commitment to collaborate with other educational and workforce institutions in our community
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo where necessary to ensure success of our students and future workforce
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex organization with competing interests and stakeholders
  • Guide our public school system to be relevant and competitive in a changing and competitive regional, national and global economy

The Montgomery County business community understands the important role education plays when striving for a relevant and competitive county and is committed to working with MCPS to make it a reality.

To read the letter to Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill, click here.


About The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) provides an effective voice for a diverse, innovation-driven economy to ensure business success. Its active membership includes small, medium, and large organizations representing a wide range of businesses and industries. Through effective advocacy, programs and events, MCCC helps its members succeed in business. A non-partisan independent 501(c)(6), the Chamber is separate from any national, state, local chamber or other organization. For more information, visit

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