Charlene M. Dukes Elected President of Maryland State Board of Education

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, has been unanimously elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education after serving as board vice president for three years. The Maryland State Board of Education is the voice of the public and policy maker for Maryland's public schools, public libraries and vocational rehabilitation services.  

Charlene M. Dukes became president of Prince George’s Community College in 2007. Prior to her appointment, she served for 12 years as vice president for student services at the college after holding the position of dean of students at the Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dukes has served on the Prince George’s County Board of Education. She holds an undergraduate degree in English education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in administrative and policy studies (with an emphasis on higher education) from the University of Pittsburgh.  

The Maryland State Board of Education is a 12-member body appointed by the governor.  Members serve a maximum of two four-year terms.  A student member serves for one-year. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   


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