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For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106

NASBE Hired to Conduct Search for Next Education Commissioner

MALDEN - The state Board of Education has hired the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to conduct the search for the next Commissioner of Education.

NASBE serves as the national voice and direct service provider for boards of education nationwide, and has been commissioned to conduct Commissioner searches in other states including Colorado, Ohio, Maryland, Vermont and Connecticut.

"We are pleased to be working with an organization with the experience and

point of view that NASBE brings to this important search process," said Board of Education Chairman Christopher Anderson. "The next Massachusetts Education Commissioner needs to help us create a system that prepares all students to succeed as productive and contributing members of the global economy."

Anderson noted that the next commissioner must build on Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll's success in creating accountability and higher standards, as well as to lead the implementation of new reforms designed to take the state's public school system to the next level.

After eight years as Commissioner, Driscoll announced in October 2006 that he plans to retire on August 31, 2007. The Board of Education is responsible for naming his successor.

As the leaders in the national search process, NASBE will help in writing the job description, actively recruit leaders and non-traditional candidates both locally and nationwide, receive and process all applications, do reference checks, screen applicants, and schedule interviews with the Board of Education.

"Supporting state boards in the selection of their chief state school officer is one of the most important services we offer and NASBE is pleased to have been selected for this search," said Brenda Lilienthal Welburn, NASBE's executive director. "There is already tremendous interest in this position and we are confident that the Board will have an exceptional pool of candidates to consider."

According to NASBE's proposed search timeline, they will meet with key constituents and the Board search committee in February, post the position in mid-March and accept applications until mid-April. Screening interviews and final interviews with the Board will be held in April and May. A new Commissioner will be selected by June 1.

NASBE will be paid $50,000 for their services.

Last Updated: February 15, 2007
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