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News, Views, and Clues

May 21, 2002 



For the first time in the history of federally funded adult education, a State Director has been named the Director of the Federal adult education office.  And who better than a state director who not only has labored to develop quality policy and programs, but also has represented State Directors so often in national forums. 

By now you have heard that Cheryl Keenan, former Pennsylvania Adult Education State Director has been named to fill Ron Pugsley's former position as the Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy.

Cheryl's appointment is a tribute to and recognition of the contributions she has made as State Director in Pennsylvania.  Her pioneering work in program quality with the Project EQUAL, her persistence with developing high quality assessment standards, her national leadership in distance learning and national programs, her representing State Directors on the NIFL Board, and her service on the NAEPDC and NCSDAE executive committees are but a few of her contributions.

 Cheryl's appointment is such an exciting development for our field.  Because she has struggled with and understands the issues related to the NRS, data systems, assessment, part-time teachers and program mangers, and the myriad of other issues State Directors face each day, she knows the needs and can help focus the federal efforts to benefit all adult education. 

As those of you who have moved up the ranks know, it is often challenging to make the transition from "colleague" to "commander."  I know you join me in a commitment to help her make that transition.  We could not ask for a better leader.   

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.


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