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Press Release

Monday, January 26, 2015

CCSSO Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2015) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced two new members have joined its 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester were appointed to the board.

Randy Dorn has served as the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State since 2009. A lifelong resident of Washington State, Dorn has been an elementary and middle school teacher, a principal and a legislator.
In his years as state superintendent, he has replaced the existing state assessment system with a shorter system, argued successfully against cuts to education funding, expanded early learning opportunities for all students and championed an updated teacher and principal evaluation system. He also established partnerships with major businesses, including Microsoft and Boeing, to help students gain real world skills they can apply to the job market or the classroom.

Mitchell Chester has served as the Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts since 2008. Chester began his career as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut, and later served as a middle school assistant principal and district curriculum coordinator. From there he moved to the Connecticut State Department of Education where he oversaw curriculum and instructional programs. In 1997, he headed the offices of Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Student and School Progress, and Pupil Information Services in Philadelphia. 
In 2001 he moved to Ohio, where he served as the Senior Associate Superintendent for Policy and Accountability for the Ohio Department of Education.

"Randy Dorn and Mitchell Chester are experienced leaders in public education and will make excellent additions to CCSSO's Board of Directors," said CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich. "The board serves a critical role in driving the collective action of the organization, and I look forward to working with all members to ensure every student graduates ready for college, careers, and life."

CCSSO's 2014-2015 Board of Directors:
President: June Atkinson, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
President-Elect: Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent of Schools
Past President: Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Board Member: Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education
Board Member: Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education
Board Member: Randy Dorn, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board Member: Tony Evers, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board Member: Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education
Board Member: Christopher Koch, Illinois Superintendent of Education

CCSSO's Board of Directors manages the overall business affairs of the Council and is the governing body of the organization. The board is composed of the president, the president-elect, the past president, and six directors elected by CCSSO members.


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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.