Makeda Scott, who was elected to the Board of Education of Baltimore County in 2018, was chosen Board chair at the group’s Dec. 8 meeting, becoming the first African American woman to lead the county’s school board. The Board also elected to retain Vice Chair Julie Henn in that role for another year.
“I am honored to be selected by my peers for this important role,” said Scott. “The events of the last year have reinforced how critical public education is and how essential it is that public school systems are led with vision and expertise. I look forward to working closely with my fellow Board members and Superintendent Williams to guide the system through this challenging period and to ensure its strength and flexibility for the future.”
Board members are tasked with electing new leadership annually during their first meeting in December. Scott was nominated for the post by Student Member of the Board Josh Muhumuza, a senior at Dundalk High School. In a social media post, Muhumuza referred to the nomination as “one of his proudest moments” as student member of the Board.
BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams congratulated both Scott and Henn for their leadership and service. “It has been my pleasure to work with Ms. Scott as a Board member and now as Board chair. She continually demonstrates her unwavering commitment to the children and families of Baltimore County,” he said. “Ms. Henn brings her experience as a Board officer and will continue to be a strong advocate for Baltimore County’s schools and students.”
An Owings Mills resident, Scott is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked for WSB-TV (Atlanta, Ga), the Enterprise Foundation, American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the British Embassy, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, and the Baltimore City Housing Authority.
Henn has served on the school board since being appointed by the governor in 2016. When the Board transitioned in 2018 to a hybrid (part-elected, part-appointed) assembly, Henn was elected to serve on the Board representing the county’s Fifth District.
Henn, a Perry Hall resident, is an enterprise information technology professional who has served in leadership roles with Baltimore City Community College, QM Quality Matters, Computer Generated Solutions, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Prometric.