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Monday, June 29, 2015

Delaware Chief Joins CCSSO Board of Directors

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2015) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will join its 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

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.

"Whether it's through his work on educator preparation or college readiness for kids, Mark is dedicated to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education. We are honored to have him join our Board of Directors," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO.

Mark Murphy has served as the Secretary of Education in Delaware since 2012. Prior to this role, Murphy served as executive director of the nonprofit Vision Network in Delaware. He also served as executive director of leadership development at New Leaders for New Schools, designing and implementing school leadership standards and assessments.

Mark began his career as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from the State University of New York and a Master of Education in school leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. 

Here is a full list of CCSSO's 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • President: June Atkinson (NC)
  • President-Elect: Lillian Lowery (MD)
  • Past-President: Terry Holliday (KY)
  • Brenda Cassellius (MN)
  • Mitchell Chester (MA)
  • Randy Dorn (WA)
  • Tony Evers (WI)
  • Mark Murphy (DE)
  • Hanna Skandera (NM)


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.