Baltimore Names New CEO of City Public Schools
Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 02:11 PM EST
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on Tuesday named Greg Thornton as City Public Schools CEO.
Thornton replaces Tisha Edwards who has served as interim CEO since the departure of Dr. Andres Alonso at the end of the 2012/2013 school year.
In his resignation letter to staff and parents Alonso said;
"I am writing to you today to let you know that at the end of the current school year, I will retire and leave Baltimore City Public Schools and this great city to return to my home in New Jersey to care for my aging parents and begin an academic position at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It has not been an easy decision, because what we have accomplished together in recent years has been both important and extremely gratifying to me, professionally and personally."
Thornton has been serving as Milwaukee Public Schools' Superintendent.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the media, "Baltimore has found a seasoned administrator who also understands the demands of leading in our classrooms because he began his career there. This is a pivotal time of change for Baltimore City Schools and Dr. Thornton will help set us on the right course for the next generations."