Jan 13, 2012

Recent Graduate John White Chosen as Louisiana State Education Superintendent

John White, a recent graduate of NYU Wagner and the featured speaker at the upcoming Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum in April, has been named to a top leadership position in public education.

Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this month (January, 2011) selected White as the State Superintendent of Education.

White began his career in public service as a high school English teacher. Honing his skills at Wagner in education finance, management, and policy, he went on to work for the New York City Department of Education's senior leadership team and as a Deputy Chancellor.

Since May, 2011, he has been the Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, overseeing 79 of the state's most challenged schools.

His most recent promotion has attracted praise from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who said, "John is a visionary leader who has done great things in New York City and New Orleans, and I'm confident he'll do the same for the whole state of Louisiana."

White will be returning to NYU Wagner to discuss his successful career as a leader in public service: He is slated to be the guest speaker at the annual Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum on April 23. Don't miss it!

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