Former Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Monifa McKnight will turn out to be the University of Maryland’s inaugural dean’s fellow and superintendent in residence, the college introduced this week.

Former Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Monifa McKnight, who resigned amid the Maryland college system’s dealing with of accusations of bullying and sexual harassment, has a brand new gig.

She will turn out to be the University of Maryland’s inaugural dean’s fellow and superintendent in residence, the college introduced this week. The new place is in impact beginning Aug. 23.

In the brand new function, the college stated McKnight will help the event and implementation of particular tasks for the College of Education.

“We are delighted to have Dr. McKnight be part of our faculty,” Dean Kimberly Griffin stated in a news release. “She is a seasoned educator and chief whose intensive expertise and dedication to schooling fairness will show helpful as we transfer fearlessly ahead to remodel schooling for good.”

Montgomery County Public Schools and McKnight parted methods in February, amid scrutiny by the county’s Office of the Inspector General into MCPS’ dealing with of accusations of bullying and sexual harassment.

One report discovered the college system had quite a few deficiencies in the way it dealt with complaints about worker misconduct, and that the college system had been made conscious of the issues, however “didn’t implement acceptable corrective actions.”

In response to the college board asking her to step away, McKnight stated she would “defend my popularity” and that any issues concerning her function as faculties chief undergo a “truthful, authentic, and authorized course of.”

McKnight obtained $1.3 million as a part of her separation settlement with the county college board. She additionally agreed to not sue the board over something that occurred earlier than she signed the deal.

In its launch saying McKnight’s hiring, the University of Maryland touted McKnight’s management at MCPS, saying “she supplied strategic imaginative and prescient and oversaw the schooling of greater than 160,000 college students. She led the advanced transition to hybrid and full-time in-person studying and applied operational buildings and educational methods designed to satisfy college students’ wants post-pandemic.”

McKnight, a graduate of the college, can be tasked with rising pupil engagement throughout educational packages, constructing partnerships throughout PK-20, strengthening the college’s relationships with college companions and state leaders, and increasing the educator pathway program, in addition to present partnerships.

“This distinctive alternative permits me to contribute to the event of future academic leaders and to collaborate with esteemed colleagues in shaping revolutionary academic practices,” McKnight stated in a information launch. “I sit up for bringing my experiences and insights to the college and dealing collectively to make an enduring influence on schooling.”

WTOP’s Veronica Canales, Kate Ryan and Will Vitka contributed to this report.

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