Frederick County Public Schools has named a former Board of Education member and president as the new Executive Director of Public Affairs.
Darryl Boffman, who served on the Board of Education from 2000-2010 and was president of the board in 2006, will begin in his new role Sept. 16.
“I have complete confidence that Daryl Boffman is the leader FCPS needs for the new Public Affairs Department,” Terry Alban, school superintendent said in a statement. “His passion and expertise, combined with the strengths of staff from the former Communication Services team, will move FCPS in the direction we need to match our priorities and goals.”
The announcement of Boffman comes with a change of department name. The former Communication Services Department will now be called the Public Affairs Department.
Alban said the change was a reflection of the “evolution” the school system needed.
“Public Affairs encompasses key communication strategies but also the essential relationship component with all stakeholders that will drive our efforts going forward,” Alban said in an email.
The change of name and new executive director are also due to a realignment of administrative roles that Alban had announced when entering her third four-year term in June.
According to a press release from FCPS, the realignment was needed “to meet new Every Student Succeeds Act requirements, track and effectively implement legislative changes that result from Kirwan Commission recommendations, and eliminate the achievement gap.”
Boffman currently serves as member on the board of Eliminating Achievement Gaps, Inc., a group of Frederick County parents, educators and residents who are attempting to address the problem of under-achievement among minority and at-risk students in FCPS.
Alban said she hopes Boffman and the new department will continue to expand community engagement efforts.
“I want to see FCPS engage with our community around new federal, state and local policies that may be controversial, but are critically important. We need to approach these challenges as a unified team,” Alban said. “I want to see how [the communications team], under Daryl’s leadership, can continue to be innovative in our approach.”
Boffman earned his Bachelor of Science from Hampton University in 1984 and was a commissioned officer in the United States Army, where he served on active duty until 1987.
He also served on the Hood College Board of Associates from 2006-2016, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce board from 2010-2016 and acted as president, chief executive officer and founder of Acela Technologies, Inc., from 2002-2017.
In his new role, Boffman will report directly to Alban and play a role in the Superintendent’s cabinet.
One of the main charges of Boffman and the new deaprtment, according to the press release, will be to “track legislative updates and advocate for public education support.”
“Daryl understands how the school system operates and the types of challenges we face,” Alban said. “He is a strong leader with a commitment to equity. As a business owner, he brings a valuable perspective to our Cabinet...[and] has always been a champion for FCPS and Frederick County.”