For Immediate Release
March 5, 2013
CONCORD – In order to ensure a strong K-12 public education system that will prepare New Hampshire's young people for the good jobs of the innovation economy, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will reappoint Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. to continue serving as Commissioner of Education.
"Preparing our young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow means ensuring that at each step along the way, their education is providing them with the skills, knowledge and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy," Governor Hassan said. "Virginia Barry has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the children of New Hampshire, and leaders across the education community have praised her ability to bring people together to develop solutions for the challenges facing our schools."
Commissioner Barry was sworn in as Commissioner of Education on June 1, 2009 after being unanimously confirmed by the Executive Council. She has over 27 years of experience in education as a teacher, tenured university professor, and provost and vice president for academic affairs and has recently been recognized nationally for supporting a more holistic assessment of student achievement in support of students being college and work ready.
"I thank Governor Hassan for the opportunity to continue our work on behalf of New Hampshire's children," Commissioner Barry said. "Serving as the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education is truly a great privilege, and I look forward to working with Governor Hassan to provide our young people with the robust education they need for good, stable careers."
Commissioner Barry received her B.S., from Florida State University and M.S., from Queens College City University of New York and State University of New York at Stony Brook. She received her Ph.D. Florida State University with post-doctoral studies at New York University, Harvard and William and Mary.
Commissioner Barry's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally nominate her to the Council at Wednesday's meeting.