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For Immediate Release
Friday, April 28, 2000
Contact:Jonathan Palumbo, 781-338-3105

Governor Reappoints Board Of Education Member Bill Irwin

Malden - Governor Paul Cellucci has reappointed William K. Irwin Jr., of Wilmington, to a third five-year term as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Education this month, making him the longest serving member in recent history.

In his letter to Mr. Irwin, Governor Cellucci said, "Lieutenant Governor Swift and I appreciate your willingness to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity. Your experience and sound judgment have contributed substantially to the Board throughout your tenure."

Under the Education Reform Act of 1993, there are nine members of the Board of Education, seven of whom are appointed by the Governor and two of whom serve by virtue of their positions as Chairman of the State Student Advisory Council and Chancellor of the Board of Higher Education. By law, one of the seven gubernatorial appointees must be a representative of a labor organization, which is the position Mr. Irwin has held since first being appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1990.

Mr. Irwin is currently the Director of the New England Carpenters Training Fund and of the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund. He graduated from Wilmington High School and the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program, and attended Northeastern University and Northern Essex Community College. Mr. Irwin serves on a variety of statewide boards and commissions representing labor and vocational technical education, including the Massachusetts School-to-Work Committee, Apprenticeship Preparedness Program and the National Association of the State Boards of Education Study Group on School-to-Work.

The term will expire on January 24, 2005.

For more information, visit the Board of Education website.

Last Updated: April 28, 2000
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