Dr. Steven Lockard has been named Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools effective July 1, 2018. The appointment was made at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

According to Board President Robert Lord, “Of all the responsibilities a Board of Educationhas, perhaps none is as important as selecting a new Superintendent for the school system. After conducting a comprehensive search and reviewing many outstanding candidates, we believe we have found the best possible person for this position – a leader who will guide Carroll County Public Schools successfully into the future.”

Dr. Lockard grew up in Carroll County, where his father, Dr. Brian Lockard, also served as Superintendent of Schools from 1994 to 1998. After graduating from Westminster High School, Dr. Lockard earned a Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education from Frostburg State University in 1992, a Master of Science in School Administration from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland in 2013.

Dr. Lockard began his career as a teacher in Frederick County Public Schools in 1992. While in Frederick County he was an assistant principal from 1996 to 1999 and principal of Brunswick and Tuscarora Elementary Schools from 1999 to 2007. He served as Director of Elementary Schools and Title I from 2007 to 2009. He was the Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Improvement, Instruction and Administration from 2009 to 2012 and Deputy Superintendent from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. Lockard was named Deputy Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2014. From November 2016 to July 2017, he served as Interim Superintendent. He then returned to his current position of Deputy Superintendent.

Among Dr. Lockard’s awards are the Frederick County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award, the National Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award, and the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

According to Dr. Lockard, “As a teacher at heart, the focus of my work has and will continue to be on our students, teachers, and classrooms – and to support and build upon the successes of an already outstanding school system. I look forward to serving the school system and community that mean so much to me.”

Dr. Lockard is filling the position left vacant by Superintendent Stephen Guthrie, who is retiring after serving two four-year terms as Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools.