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For Immediate Release
Monday, October 22, 2007
Contact:Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106

Massachusetts Education Commissioner Job Description Posted Nationally

MALDEN - The Board of Education posted a job description for the next Commissioner of Education today, calling for applicants with proven experience in leadership and planning, a passion for learning and a love of children.

The job posting was distributed to education leaders across the country, and will be posted in national newspapers and trade journals for the next month. Applications are due on November 30.

"In short, we are looking for a leader who will be action-oriented," said Board of Education Chairman Paul Reville. "What we are seeking is someone who will build statewide consensus on a set of powerful strategies to realize our ultimate goal of dramatically improving student achievement."

The job description calls for candidates with experience in systemic change such as boosting student achievement and closing achievement gaps. According to the listing, the successful candidate will also be capable of transforming the Department of Education into a "state-of-the-art support and service delivery center," be able to provide guidance and support statewide, and work with policymaking partners including the Board, the Legislature, the Governor and local officials.

Reville said the Board expects to begin interviewing finalists in December and hopes to name the state's next Commissioner of Education early in 2008. The National Association of State Boards of Education has been hired to assist with the search.

Longtime Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll retired on August 31, after eight years as Commissioner and a 43-year career in public education. Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey Nellhaus was named Acting Commissioner by the Board of Education in May, and will remain in that role until a new, permanent commissioner is named.

The full job description can be viewed on the NASBE Web site at

Last Updated: October 22, 2007
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