Potomac Christopher S. Barclay was unanimously selected by his colleagues Dec. 11, to serve as president of the Board of Education for the second time. Philip Kauffman was also unanimously selected as vice president. Both officers will serve a one-year term. Barclay replaces Shirley Brandman, who has served as president for the past year.
Barclay was appointed to the board to complete an unexpired term in December, 2006. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2008 and was re-elected to a second four-year term this past November. He served as president of board in 2010-2011 and served as vice president in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. Over the past year, he has served as a member of the board's Fiscal Management and Policy committees.
A resident of Takoma Park, Barclay has served in a number of volunteer leadership roles with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA), including Montgomery Blair cluster coordinator and MCCPTA Nominating Committee chair. He also served on the NAACP Parents’ Council and was active in the development of the Downcounty Consortium as a member of the Downcounty Consortium Base Area Study Committee.
Barclay is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago. He and his wife have three children, one who currently attends MCPS and two who have graduated.
Kauffman, a resident of Olney, was first elected to the board in 2008 and was recently re-elected to a second four-year term. For the past year, he has served as chair of the board's Fiscal Management Committee and a member of the Committee on Special Populations. Kauffman has served as an elected local and county PTA leader, and has served on the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) board of directors as the area vice president for the Sherwood Cluster and Northeast Consortium. In May 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership to the Maryland PTA. Kauffman is married with two children, who both graduated from MCPS.