Major Accomplishments

Towson University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke appointed Dr. Grasmick as Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation in March 2012.  

Uniting business leaders in support of innovation in education, Presidential Scholar Nancy Grasmick has raised more than $6.9 million for initiatives as of August 31, 2018.

As of July 2018, 16 Fellows have completed the Kennedy-Krieger/Towson partnership program, and 3 additional fellows will complete the program and receive their ADMIN I certification in June of 2019.

The LYNX School at Frederick High opened on September 5, 2017. The second class of students will enter as freshmen this coming fall (2018). Two members of the Presidential Scholar’s staff serve on the LYNX Advisory Council, and the Presidential Scholar remains inextricably involved in the program and school. Current efforts are to begin the discussion around replicating the model in another location.

In the spring of 2018, the Women’s Leadership Initiative was selected as a BTU Emerging Idea Investment for fiscal year 2019. These investments are allocated for a one-year period and support new and emerging Towson University partnerships and projects. The support provided will assist in engaging external partners in the project and the planning of opportunities for women at all stages of their education and career. A launch event to implement these opportunities is being planned for the spring of 2019.

116 students participated in the Towson UTeach program last academic year, and 14 graduated (May and December).

Invited Presentations

  • July 2018 – CAST National Conference (Universal Design for Learning)
  • November 2017 – Annual Conference, AISGW (Association of Independent
  • February 2017 – Panama Bilingual Leadership Institute, American University, Washington DC
  • October 2016 – Southeast Association of Teacher Education – Keynote
  • August 2016 – National Center for Education and Innovation Conference
  • July 2016 – Chinese Delegation, Schaefer Center for Public Policy
  • March 2016 – Universal Design for Learning Implementation and Research Summit
  • November 2015 and January 2016 – National College Board Forum, Advanced Placement Calculus program
  • Spring 2015, 2016 and 2017– Towson University’s Women’s Leadership Program
  • March, 2015 – Kennedy Forum on Brain Health and Fitness Focus Group, Kennedy Compound, Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • July 2012 – Learning from Improving Systems at Home and Abroad, sponsored by the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance

Recent Appointments

  • Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland College Park
  • President, Board of Directors, Kennedy Krieger Institute (first female)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 Women of Influence, I-92 Business Magazine
  • 2017 ICON Honors, The Daily Record
  • 2017 Trailblazer in Education Award, The Center Club’s Women in Business
  • 2016 William Donald Schaefer Award, William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy, University of Baltimore
  • 2016 Beacon of Light Award, Baltimore Teacher Network
  • 2016 (Inaugural class) Maryland Business and Civic Hall of Fame, Baltimore Sun
  • 2016 Torchbearer Award, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Dr. Grasmick served as a quarterly guest columnist for the Baltimore Sun from December 2015 through February 2016.
  • Dr. Grasmick was interviewed for and included in the report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation series “Laggards to Leaders: How Three States Found Their Way Forward” (2015)
  • 2015 Woman of the Year, Baltimore County Commission for Women
  • 2015 Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education, Arts Education for Maryland (AEMS) Alliance
  • 2014 Innovator of the Year, for All SySTEMs Go, The Daily Record
  • 2014 President’s Award, National Association for Gifted Children