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List of Candidates for Massachusetts Education Commissioner Released

Boston -- John Silber, chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Education, today released the list of six finalists for the position of MA Commissioner of Education. The candidates, who were selected by a screening committee appointed by the Board of Education after a nationwide search that resulted in 77 applications for the position, will each sit for public interviews within the next few weeks.

"The Board of Education has before it a list of six very able candidates," Silber said. "I am confident that from this group we can and soon will appoint an outstanding leader for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education."

The finalists are:

  • David P. Driscoll, interim commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • Richard Ekman, chief operating officer, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, New York;
  • Michael H. Kean, vice president for public and governmental relations, CTB/McGraw-Hill, Monterey, CA;
  • Robert J. Maurer, president and CEO, New York State Higher Education Services Corp, Albany;
  • Brian A. McNulty, executive director of educational services, Adams County School District Fourteen, Colorado; and
  • James Peyser, executive director, the Pioneer Institute, Boston.

The finalists will be interviewed by a panel representing various constituent groups, including parents, teachers, school administrators, school committees, and others, and then by members of the Board of Education. The Board expects to make a final decision within the next six weeks.

Last Updated: January 29, 1999
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