PRESS RELEASE from Romney for President
May 22, 2012
MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF EDUCATION
POLICY ADVISORY GROUP
Today, Mitt Romney announced the members of his Education Policy
Advisory Group. The group is composed of individuals with deep and
diverse experience in a variety of roles across K-12 education,
postsecondary education, and workforce training in both the public and
am proud to announce the support of this impressive group of policy
leaders who are devoted to expanding educational opportunities for
students,” said Governor Romney. “Our education system is failing too
many of our kids, and I look forward to working closely with these
leaders to chart a new course that emphasizes school choice and
accountability, the importance of great teachers, and access to
quality, affordable higher education."
is an honor to work with Governor Romney and his team to help develop
innovative solutions to our nation’s education challenges,” said Nina
Rees, a group co-chair for K-12 education. “He established an
extraordinary track record of results during his time as governor of
Massachusetts, and I am confident that with his leadership and his
focus on achievement we can ensure that all students have access to the
education they deserve.”
Nina S. Rees
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Knowledge Universe;
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S.
Department of Education (2002-06).
Dr. Martin R. West
Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education;
Executive Editor, Education Next.
Executive Officer of Strategic Industries; Chairman of the Florida
State Board of Education (2001-07); Twice appointed by President George
W. Bush to the National Board of Education Sciences, served as Vice
Chairman; Member of the Florida Governor’s Council of 100
(1987-present), Board of Directors, and Chair, preK-14 Education
Committee; Director, Foundation for Educational Excellence.
& CEO of Madison Education Group; Chairman & President of
Scantron/Global Scholar (2009-11); Deputy Secretary of Education
(2001-03); President of the Education Finance Council (1993-2001);
Assistant Secretary of Education for Management and Budget & CFO
(1991-92); serves on numerous corporate, university, and philanthropic
Dr. Carol D'Amico
President of Project Lead the Way; Assistant Secretary for
Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education
(2001); Chair of National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and
Integrity (2004-07); Board Member, Institute for Education Sciences
(2003-07); Director, Center on Workforce Development, Hudson Institute,
and co-author of Workforce 2020, Published Hudson Institute (1997);
Executive Vice President, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Emily Stover DeRocco
of the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute (2008-present);
Assistant Secretary for Employment & Training at the U.S.
Department of Labor (2001-08); Senior Advisor to Secretaries of Energy
and the Interior (1981-88); holds two University Board of Trustees
Dr. Rod Paige
Secretary of Education (2001-05); Dean of the College of Education at
Texas Southern University, established the University's Center for
Excellence in Urban Education; Superintendent of the Houston
Independent School District; 2001 National Superintendent of the Year;
Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
House Domestic Policy Council; Deputy Policy Director to the Secretary
of Commerce; Director of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department
of Education; currently works with education entrepreneurs,
philanthropies, and private sector investors.
Dr. Robert M. Costrell
of Education Reform and Economics, Endowed Chair in Education
Accountability, University of Arkansas; Chief Economist, Commonwealth
of Massachusetts (2003-06); Education Advisor to Governor Mitt Romney
of CH Global Strategies; Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs at the
U.S. Department of Education (2003-06); Co-Author, “Virtual
a Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education.”
Dr. John E. Chubb
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Education Sector; Distinguished
Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution.
Dr. Bill Evers
Fellow, Hoover Institution; Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S.
Department of Education (2007-09); Senior Adviser for Education,
Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq (2003); National Educational
Research Policy and Priorities Board (2001-02).
and Vice Chairman of Madison Education Group; former Senior Vice
President at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Scantron; Senior Education
Policy Advisor and Professional Staff to the U.S. Senate Committee on
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2002-06).
Julio A. Fuentes
& CEO of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options
(Hispanic CREO). Hispanic CREO’s mission is to improve
outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental
choice in education.
Superintendent of Public Instruction (2007-present); President of
Council of Chief State School Officers (2011-present); Senior Advisor
to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige (2003-05); Chair of Idaho’s
Assessment and Accountability Commission (2000-02); Chair of Nampa
School Board (1997-2000).
Dr. Paul E. Peterson
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University; Senior
Fellow, Hoover Institution; Editor-in-Chief, Education Next; Member,
Independent Review Panel, No Child Left Behind, U.S. Department of
Partner with New Schools Venture Fund and Chairman of the National
Association of Charter School Authorizers; Former Chairman of the
Massachusetts Board of Education (1996-2003); Former Executive Director
of Pioneer Institute (1993-2000).
Dr. Herbert Walberg
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution.
Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst
Fellow and Director of the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on
Education Policy; Director of the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences
(2002-08); Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement
at the U.S. Department of Education (2001-02); Board of Directors of
the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2004-07).
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