James B. Sellinger will retire as Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore

James B. Sellinger will retire as Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on June 30 after a distinguished tenure impacting the lives and futures of thousands of young people across Maryland.

As the Archdiocese’s first-ever chancellor, Sellinger stepped into the role following his retirement from a successful 35-year career as an executive with IBM. Over the last eight years, he’s led Catholic schools in the Archdiocese through historic challenges, including a global shutdown due to COVID-19. His efforts helped steer an increase in enrollment and guide students toward even greater academic achievements.

Sellinger’s vision, commitment and effective fundraising were pivotal in the development of the $24 million Mother Mary Lange School on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the first new Catholic school in Baltimore in nearly 60 years. The school has opened up more than the academic pathways for the students. Rising within an under-invested community in West Baltimore, the school brings hope and opportunity to all it serves.

A parishioner of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, Sellinger leaves the demands of his professional life to enjoy a lasting retirement with his wife, Francine, and more time with their three children and six grandchildren.

A national search is underway for Sellinger’s successor. He will remain involved in the Department of Catholic Schools in a consultative role through the transition.