The rest of the process will remain confidential as a group of finalists is chosen and interviewed.
McBride has been "recruited to serve as a medical director in the private sector," officials said.
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Among other objectives, the five people will build a comprehensive timeline of the school's response and provide recommendations.
The investigation follows Olivia Paregol's death due to complications of adenovirus in November.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called for the probe Thursday.
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The Paregol family filed a notice of claim under the Maryland Tort Claims Act, paving the way for a lawsuit.
Freshman Olivia Paregol died Nov. 18 from complications of the virus.