Dr. Sean W. Bulson became Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools on July 1, 2018. Dr. Bulson holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University, a master’s degree in English for Speakers of Other Languages from Marymount University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.
As the Superintendent, he oversees 55 schools with a 760 million dollar budget, serving approximately 38,000 students and employing over 5,500 staff members. He has implemented successful systemic initiatives to ensure students graduate with career licensure or college experience and to create a culture of gratitude throughout the district. Dr Bulson has navigated significant education reform legislation and the COVID-19 pandemic. His role extends beyond the local community, representing Maryland at the American Association of School Administrators and leading the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland in 2021-2022.
He began his education career in Montgomery County Public Schools, serving 16 years before relocating to North Carolina in 2011 to become superintendent of Wilson County Schools with a hallmark accomplishment of opening a new early college high school. In 2016, Dr. Bulson joined the University of North Carolina (UNC) System to lead an initiative to open laboratory schools at UNC institutions to serve students from low-performing schools.
Currently, Dr. Bulson serves as a member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; a governor appointed member of the Professional Standards & Teacher Education Board for the State of Maryland; a member of the Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board; a member of the Harford County Education Foundation Board of Directors; an executive committee member of the Harford Business Roundtable for Education; a member of the Harford County Education Foundation Board of Directors; a member of the Healthy Harford Board of Directors; and a member of the Susquehanna Workforce Network Board.
Past AASA Maryland Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2023 Maryland Superintendent of the Year: Dr. Patricia Saelens
2022 Maryland Superintendent of the Year: Kelly Griffith
About the Award:
The Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
State-level winners are selected on the following criteria:
- Leadership for Learning
- Community Involvement