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Kimberly Hill, Charles County Public Schools’ next superintendent, announced her first administrative appointment Tuesday, naming Northern High School Principal Sylvia Lawson, Ph.D., as assistant superintendent of school administration.

Later this month, Hill plans to announce other changes to the administrative team, as a number of top level positions are open due to the retirements of key leaders, according to a press release.

The Charles County Board of Education approved the appointment of Lawson, Calvert County’s 2011-2012 Principal of the Year and a former Charles County Public Schools principal, the release states. Lawson served as a principal, vice principal and teacher in Charles County before moving to Calvert County Public Schools in 2007.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Lawson as a member of our leadership team. She is an enthusiastic, student-centered leader who will have an immediate and positive impact on our school district. Her responsibilities will include working with our principals and vice principals as they carry out the vital day-to-day work of leading our schools. I am confident that under her guidance our school leaders will thrive and our students will reach even higher levels of achievement,” Hill said in the release.

Lawson started her career in education in 1981 as a health and physical education teacher at McColl High School in South Carolina before relocating to Charles County as a health and physical education teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School, where she also served as a head women’s basketball and softball coach, according to the release.

Lawson’s experience includes serving 11 years as a middle school principal, at Southern Middle School in Calvert County and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Charles County, the release states. She also worked as a vice principal from 1993 to 2000 at John Hanson Middle School, McDonough and Thomas Stone High School.

Lawson has a doctorate of philosophy in instructional leadership for changing populations from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Additionally, she earned a certificate of advanced studies in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a master’s in administration from Western Maryland College, a master’s in education from East Carolina University in North Carolina and a bachelor’s from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina, the release states.

Hill replaces James E. Richmond, who is retiring at the end of June after 17 years of service as superintendent. Lawson and Keith Hettel, newly named assistant superintendent for supporting services, begin their new positions July 1.