Governor Jack Markell thanked Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery for her years of service to Delaware's children and wished her well in her new role as Maryland's State Superintendent of Education.
"Secretary Lowery deserves our thanks for her years of service at the district and state levels to make our public schools stronger. She's helped bring people together and helped move our state forward, always remembering that kids' needs come first," Markell said. "Strong schools are a critical foundation for a strong economy, and she committed herself fully to making sure Delaware's children will graduate better able to succeed."
The Governor made clear that his preference would be to nominate a new Secretary of Education in time for the State Senate to consider confirmation before it adjourns on July 1st. Secretary Lowery has agreed to remain in her current position until a new Secretary was confirmed.
Dr. Lowery sent the following email to her colleagues at the Delaware Department of Education earlier this morning:
I write to let you know that I will be leaving Delaware for another opportunity and to thank you for allowing me to serve with you. It has been an honor to work under the visionary leadership of Governor Jack Markell as a member of his Administration. While I have been privileged to serve as Delaware's Secretary of Education, I am excited to be joining the Maryland State Department of Education as the State Superintendent of Schools. This new opportunity will allow me to work in another wonderful state, hopefully having a positive impact on many more students, while being closer to my family.
We have made so much progress in Delaware over these last few years and I look forward to applying all that we've learned. I am convinced that years from now, observers will look back at our efforts the past few years as a time when Delaware led a nationwide movement to make our schools all they can be. And while I will miss being involved on a day to day basis in Delaware, I will be following the progress closely and cheering the successes here every step of the way.
I have learned so much from each of you. Your talent, passion, and commitment to excellence have enriched me both personally and professionally. Leaving Delaware will be bitter sweet. I will carry the heartfelt friendships, lessons learned, and profound respect for each of you in my heart always.
With deepest gratitude and respect,