16th January 2003
DOCTORATE FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S EDUCATION SECRETARY
An American educator who has just completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Lincoln has been nominated to become Pennsylvania’s next Secretary of Education.
Vicky Phillips (44), who is currently Superintendent of Schools in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was nominated for the position by Pennsylvania’s Governor-elect Ed Rendell.
Ms Phillips combined studying for her doctorate at the International Institute for Education Leadership in Lincoln with her job as Superintendent of Schools. She will take up her new position when the nomination is ratified by Pennsylvania’s State Senate.
She was due to receive her EdD (Doctorate of Education) from the University of Lincoln next Wednesday (22nd January) but will miss the ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral as it clashes with the inauguration of the new Governor.
“The job offer was made several weeks ago, and after agonizing over it for a long time I was persuaded that this was the right thing to do,” said Ms Phillips. “I feel really honored to represent the educators of the state - they want to come to the table and problem-solve.”
Ms Phillips has long-term experience in education reform and has served as a leader in school improvement at the local, state, and national levels. Before starting her job in Lancaster she was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Partnership for Reform and the Children Achieving Challenge - a $150 million program designed to assist the School District of Philadelphia in implementing its school reform agenda.
She routinely works with the governments, schools and universities in Britain and Australia as well as in the United States and has served as an improvement coach for individual schools as well as a consultant on policy issues.
Seventeen doctors are due to graduate from the IIEL next week. “The size and quality of this year’s cohort shows how far the institute has come since its inception in 1996,” said a university spokesman.
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