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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 4, 1998
Contact:Alan Safran

Commissioner Antonucci Resigns to Become President of Pennsylvania-Based ICS Learning Systems

Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Dr. Robert V. Antonucci announced today that he will resign his position as Commissioner next month to become President of ICS Learning Systems, one of the world's premier distance learning companies and a subsidiary of Harcourt General.

The company, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, serves 400,000 students worldwide and has 1,000 employees.

Dr. Antonucci was Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts since March, 1992. During his tenure as the state's 21st Commissioner of Education, the Massachusetts Education Reform Act became law (1993) and he was responsible as Chief Executive Officer to the State Board of Education for implementing the law and managing a staff of 470 full-time employees and a budget of $3.4 billion in state and federal funds.

Under his leadership, the Department of Education was responsible for implementing the innovative policy reforms of the 1993 law, including charter schools, fundamental changes in the funding formula for school spending, development of new state academic learning standards in all core areas, professional standards for educators, and a new tests for students.

Commissioner Antonucci ranks twelfth among Commissioners across the country in seniority as a Chief State School Officer.

Commissioner Antonucci is a leader of several national and state educational associations, including serving as a Member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of the National School-to-Work Committee, Chair of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board, and trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Museum of Science.

He has served over 30 years in public education, as a teacher and administrator in the Lunenburg (MA) public schools, assistant superintendent of the Leominster (MA) public schools, and superintendent of the Falmouth (MA) public schools. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Fitchburg State College and a doctorate in educational leadership at Boston University.

Governor Paul Cellucci, commenting on Commissioner Antonucci's announcement, said, "Improving our schools and the education our children receive is the most important thing Government can do. Bob has dedicated his career to the education of MA children at every level of public service. Now he will continue that commitment to education in the private sector. We will miss his dedication to the Department of Education and wish him well on his new venture."

Commissioner Antonucci's Statement

Last Updated: February 4, 1998
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