Policy & Advocacy

Wise to Step Down as Head of Alliance for Excellent Education

Gov. Bob Wise has announced plans to leave his position as CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) in January. All4Ed will be conducting a search for a new CEO in the meantime.

Gov. Bob Wise

Gov. Bob Wise

Wise has been with the organization since 2005. Previously Wise was governor of West Virginia, a state legislator and a member of the United States House of Representatives. All4Ed is an education advocacy group that works at the federal and state level to develop and consult on education policy. It also works with states to fine-tune their ESSA plans and with both states and districts in a policy support capacity.

"On behalf of the All4Ed board of directors, we have tremendous respect, admiration and gratitude for the outstanding contributions Bob has made to federal and state policies that have improved the high school experience for millions of students," said Dan Leeds, chairman of the All4Ed board, in a prepared statement. "All4Ed's next CEO will have very big shoes to fill, but we are confident that we can find an individual who can match Bob's passion, vision and drive. And when paired with a supportive board and the tremendously talented team that Bob has built, All4Ed's new CEO will have every tool and resource necessary to further All4Ed's mission to ensure that all students — particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved — graduate from high school with the skills necessary to succeed in college and a career."

According to the group, Wise will remain on as a nonresident senior fellow at All4Ed and will continue to be involved in education in other ways as well.

"Although I am ending this chapter at All4Ed, I am not closing the book," said Wise in a prepared statement. "Thanks to the support of a tremendous staff and an engaged board, All4Ed has made many significant accomplishments during my fourteen-year tenure. During that time, I also have been privileged and honored to work with many devoted peers at the federal, state, and local levels in pursuit of an excellent education for all students. As I turn the page and enter the next chapter of my life — one that will be devoted to social service — I look forward to sharing the knowledge I have learned with others seeking to improve outcomes for all students."

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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