Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia B. O'Neill released the following statement on the passing of Dr. Paul L. Vance. From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Vance served as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the first African American to hold the position.
"My Board of Education colleagues and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Paul L. Vance. We are grateful for his work as an educator, administrator, and community leader and the impact he had on generations of children in Montgomery County and throughout the region.
"From 1991 to 1999, Dr. Vance guided Montgomery County Public Schools through a tremendous period of change. Throughout his tenure, he remained focused on setting high expectations for all students while working to meet their individual needs and interests. Even after his retirement, he continued to work on behalf of students and families as a community leader, including serving as president of the Montgomery County NAACP and a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
"Dr. Vance's work in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., and many other communities had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and his legacy lives on in their success and achievement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Vance's family as they celebrate his life, his work, and his commitment to making the future better for our children."