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Washington, D.C. —A leadership transition at Education Sector was announced today by Rebeca Nieves Huffman, who chairs the organization's Board of Directors. Richard Lee Colvin, noted journalist and editor, is leaving the organization after ably serving as executive director.
"Richard has decided to leave Education Sector in order to pursue other professional opportunities to write and reflect — things his intense focus on leading Education Sector left him little time to do. Education Sector is an organization built on ideas, and Richard brought his extensive experience and knowledge of education issues to the creation of those ideas. He helped Education Sector recognize the importance of maximizing policy impact by communicating ideas to the right audiences, at the right time, in the right format. The organization is better off for his service, and we wish him well," said Nieves Huffman.
To ensure that Education Sector continues its strong record of performance during this transition, board member John E. Chubb has been appointed interim chief executive officer, effective April 10, 2011. Board Chair Nieves Huffman said, "We are grateful that Dr. Chubb has agreed to serve at this important moment. With his extensive record of scholarship and executive service, he brings a new level of thought leadership and business experience to the organization."
John E. Chubb is a founder and former chief executive officer of Leeds Global Partners, an international education consulting and services firm, and was a founder of Edison Learning. He was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a faculty member at Stanford University, and held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University. His books include Liberating Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools (Brookings, 1990), both with Terry M. Moe; Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child (Hoover, 2005); and Bridging the Achievement Gap (Brookings, 2002), edited with Tom Loveless. He earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, both in political science.
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