|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, February 18, 1998|
Interim Commissioner Of Education Is Appointed
Malden - The Massachusetts Board of Education today voted unanimously to appoint Frank W. Haydu III, a businessman and former member of the state Board of Education, to serve as Interim Commissioner of Education until a permanent Commissioner is appointed.
The appointment is effective on March 2.
Haydu is Chairman of Haydu and Lind of Wellesley, a developer of senior living projects. He served on the Massachusetts Board of Education from 1992-1996, during which time the Education Reform Act of 1993 was enacted.
Previously, he was a managing director of Kidder Peabody and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the New England Medical Center. He was a member of the Dover, Massachusetts School Committee for three years, on the Executive Committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for six years, and on the Board of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Recently, he served on the state factfinding team to make recommendations to the Board and Commissioner on the Lawrence Public Schools.
"We are fortunate in gaining the immediate assistance of a talented and experienced administrator and businessman who is well acquainted with primary and secondary education in Massachusetts and with the initiatives of education reform. Frank Haydu, dedicated to public service, will give distinguished leadership to the Board of Education, continuity in the administration of the Department of Education, and major assistance in recruiting a permanent commissioner of outstanding qualifications," said Dr. John Silber, Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Robert V. Antonucci, who served as Commissioner since 1992, recently announced his resignation to become President of ICS Learning Systems, a subsidiary of Harcourt General in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The Board of Education has initiated a national search for a permanent Commissioner. Applications are due by March 16.
In discussing the appointment of a Commissioner-in-the-Interim, the Board unanimously approved a resolution expressing confidence and support for the Deputy Commissioner of Education, Dr. David P. Driscoll. On a conference call with the Board, Frank Haydu expressed his commitment to work with the Board and Department staff to move forward the Education Reform agenda.
The Board vote took place at a public meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the office of the Department of Education in Malden.