UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education Chair Segun Eubanks announced his resignation on Nov. 29.
PGCPS Interim CEO Monica Goldson released a statement that day confirming the resignation and expressing gratitude to Eubanks for his service on the board.
“On behalf of the Prince George’s County Public Schools community, I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Segun C. Eubanks for his service as Board Chair,” Goldson said.
“He is a dedicated community servant, champion of public education and fierce advocate for our students. We are grateful for his time, leadership and contributions. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Eubanks’ resignation becomes effective on Jan. 1 after having served as chair of the Board of Education since his appointment by former County Executive Rushern Baker.
A law change in 2014 allowed the county executive to appoint their own choice for Board of Education chair.
The resignation comes just after the election of Angela Alsobrooks, the first African American woman to become county executive in Prince George’s County.
Also on Nov. 29, Alsobrooks announced a series of changes to various local government positions hand-picked by a team that included herself, Interim Chief Administrative Officer Major Riddick Jr and Chief of Staff Joy Arnold-Russell after consulting with a nationally recognized talent acquisition firm that has placed numerous state and local executives.
“I am pleased to announce the leadership of our county government, and I am excited that we have been able to attract some of the best and brightest from around the region and across the country,” Alsobrooks said in the statement.
“In order to ensure efficient, effective services for our citizens, our goal was to appoint people with a proven track record in the areas for which they were selected. I am confident in our selections, and I believe our citizens will be as well.”
Those new appointments include three deputy chief administrative officers, several agency directors including county attorney, director of Office of Central Services and director of the Office of Human Resource Management and a new deputy fire chief.
One of two vacancies on the Board of Education was also filled, the other empty space now being board chair.
In addition to serving as chair of the Board of Education, Eubanks has served in numerous positions benefiting education over his career including director of teacher quality for the National Education Association, as chairman of County Executive Baker’s Commission on Education Excellence and various other leadership roles with national nonprofit organizations. He has spent more than 25 years working to promote opportunity, access and equity in America’s education systems.
During his time on the PGCPS Board of Education, he served with former CEO Kevin Maxwell whose administration came with its own set of scandals and ended with Maxwell exiting with a controversial $790,000 severance in July 2018.
Eubanks himself was the subject of an assault case filed by District 8 Board of Education Member Edward Burroughs III. Eubanks allegedly shoved Burroughs and threatened him after a board meeting, but the case was dropped in August.
The Republican Central Committee for Prince George’s County started an online petition to have Eubanks removed from office because of the assault case and negotiation of Maxwell’s severance. The petition had 489 supporters as of Aug. 27.
Although Eubanks’ resignation was announced right before Alsobrooks’ announced her new appointments, her communications director, John Erzen, said that Eubanks’ gave his own reasons for leaving.
“I believe, and I have not seen his letter but I know he submitted one, I believe that he cited his own reasons for leaving,” Erzen said.
“Certainly I know Ms. Alsobrooks would like to pick her own chair and she communicated to the Board of Education last week when we made the announcement of Paul Monteiro to fill one of the vacant spots and that she wants the board to pick the vice chair from among their members, but the chair is still a position that she is going to appoint.”
Apart from the list of new positions recently announced, the only major position that will be filled in the near future is that of Board of Education chair, Erzen said. The new administration will make the choice on or before Eubanks’ resignation becomes effective on Jan. 1.