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Morgan among Md.'s top women

March 12, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan recently was named one of Maryland's top 100 women by a Baltimore-based newspaper.

It is the third time Morgan has received the distinction from The Daily Record, which covers business and legal news. She made the list in 2001 and 2005, and this year will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence for three-time honorees.

"I think it's really a nice thing that The Daily Record does, and I'm flattered that I would have been chosen," Morgan said.

More than 750 women have been named to the list since it began in 1996. Morgan is one of 152 Circle of Excellence recipients, 19 of which have been named this year.

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Two other Washington County women were selected for the top 100 list: Cynthia Perini, who works at Sovereign Bank in Hagerstown, and Katharine Oliver, assistant state superintendent for the division of career technology and adult learning for the Maryland State Department of Education. Perini and Oliver, who lives in Hagerstown, both made the list for the first time, according to Nancy Sloane, assistant to the publisher of The Daily Record and co-founder of the top 100 list.

Sloane said those selected for the list must have a successful career, be involved in their community, be a community leader and be a mentor.

"(Morgan) has excelled in all of those areas," she said. "We try to find women who really are at the top of their class, very involved, make time to do things, believe in mentoring ...."

Morgan is active in the local arts community and participates on several cultural arts boards, the Chamber of Commerce, Hagerstown Rotary Club, leadership programs and the PenMar Development Corp.

She has been superintendent of Washington County Public Schools since 2001.

On May 7, the women selected by The Daily Record will be honored at an event in Baltimore.

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