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Educational Policy Institute Adds Domenech to Board of Directors

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- December 18, 2006 -- The Educational Policy Institute announced the addition of Dr. Daniel A. Domenech to its Board of Directors today.

 

Dr. Daniel A. Domenech currently serves as senior vice president and head of Urban Advisory Resource for McGraw-Hill Education, the premier provider of teaching and learning materials for the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, higher education and professional markets. He has over 26 years of experience in public education, most recently as superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, the twelfth largest school system in America with 168,000 students.

 

"Dr. Domenech is an extraordinarily talented individual with impressive professional experience," says Watson Scott Swail, EPI President and CEO. "As the Educational Policy Institute continues to expand into K-12 research, Dr. Domenech's expertise as a school superintendent at one of the nation's leading districts will help us prepare accordingly and make inroads at that level."

 

Dr. Domenech is a native of Cuba who moved to the United States at the age of nine. He has served as a teacher in Queens, NY, president of the 16,000-member American Association of School Administrators, and a number of other Boards, including the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).

 

An important task of Dr. Domenech's service on EPI's Board is to help Dr. Swail with the development of a Corporate Advisory Board, which will take shape in 2007.

 

The Educational Policy Institute welcomes Dr. Domenech to it's Board of Directors.

 

EPI Board of Directors 2007

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy currently serves as President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He is the former Director of the Lui Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Colombia. Dr. Axworthy is also a former elected official in Canada who has held positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Employment and Immigration, and Minister of Western Economic Diversification. In 1999 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with land mine reform. His other awards include the Senator Patrick J. Leahy Award, the Madison Medal, and the CARE International Humanitarian Award. In the Spring of 2006 he led an Organization of American States delegation to Peru to review the country's elections. Dr. Axworthy's experience in public policy and in education will bring a unique international perspective to the Board. Dr. Axworthy received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1972.

 

Ms. Betsy Brand (Treasurer) has served as Director of the American Youth Policy Forum since 2004, after joining the organization as Co-Director in 1998. As Director, she oversees the projects and staff and specializes in high school reform, career preparation, and college access and success. Ms. Brand served as a Legislative Associate for the House Committee on Education and Labor from 1977 to 1983. She subsequently served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee with Senator Dan Quayle from 1983 to 1989. From 1993 to 1998, she operated a consulting firm, Workforce Futures, Inc, focusing on policy and best practices affecting education and workforce preparation.

 

Dr. David Breneman has served as University Professor and Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia since 1995. He was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1990 to 1995, where he taught graduate courses on the economics and on the financing of higher education, liberal arts colleges, and on the college presidency. As a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution Dr. Breneman conducted research for and published the book Liberal Arts Colleges: Thriving, Surviving, or Endangered in 1994. From 1983 to 1989, he served as president of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and from 1975 to 1983 was a Senior Fellow at Brookings specializing in the economics of higher education and public policy toward education. Dr. Breneman received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Dr. Daniel A. Domenech is senior vice president and head of Urban Advisory Resource for McGraw-Hill Education, the premier provider of teaching and learning materials for the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, higher education and professional markets. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Dr. Domenech was the superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, the twelfth largest school system in America with 168,000 students. A native of Cuba who moved to the United States at the age of nine, Dr. Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly Black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. Dr. Domenech has been active professionally and was elected president of the American Association of School Administrators and the U.S. Department of Education National Assessment Governing Board, among others. Dr. Domenech earned his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, New York.

 

Dr. Paul Ramsey is senior vice president of the Global Division of Educational Testing Service, with responsibility for all ETS products and services offered outside the United States. Previously, he was vice president and senior vice president of the School & College Services Division, which included College Board programs and the work ETS performed for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Educational Records Bureau, and the Southern Regional Education Board. He was also vice president for operations management, overseeing operations functions for all paper-based testing at ETS, and vice president of the Teaching & Learning Division, which creates assessment-, research- and standards-based professional development materials for teachers. Ramsey is a former high school English teacher and college professor. Dr. Ramsey earned his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Michigan.

 

Dr. Watson Scott Swail (Chairman; Secretary) is the President and CEO of the Educational Policy Institute. Widely respected in the area of college opportunity research, Dr. Swail has published extensively in national journals and publications. Prior to establishing EPI, Dr. Swail served as the Founding Director of The Pell Institute and Vice President of the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior policy analyst with SRI International and associate director for policy analysis with the College Board. He is a former public school technology teacher in the United States and in his native Canada. Dr. Swail received his Ph.D in Educational Policy from The George Washington University.