Six months into a four-year term on the Harford County Board of Education, Havre de Grace businessman and retired teacher Ronald Browning will resign from his post effective Jan. 9.
Browning did not return calls seeking comment but Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools said that Browning “expressed his regret that other professional time constraints and family obligations will not allow him to fulfill the time expectations of the Board of Education.”
One of nine members on the school board, Browning was appointed in July by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Governor O’Malley will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Browning’s term, which expires in 2015. Also in 2015, the school board will complete a transition from what was once a seven-member appointed board, to a nine-member board comprised of three appointed members and six members elected within each of the Harford County Council districts. The transition began following the passage of a 2009 Maryland law allowing for school board elections in Harford County.
Below is a biography of Browning issued by Gov. Martin O’Malley at the time of Browning’s appointment in July:
Ronald G. Browning – Mr. Browning is a life-long resident of Maryland with experience in education and business. A retired teacher, he presently owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Havre de Grace. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Baltimore County Community College and a newspaper columnist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Geography from Towson University. Mr. Browning also serves as the chair of the Havre de Grace Historical Preservation Commission. Mr. Browning, a resident of Havre de Grace, is being appointed to a District F seat.