Advancing the Civic Mission of Higher Education in Challenging Times
Please join the UMD College of Education for the inaugural Dean's Lecture on Education and Society on April 9 from 4:30-6:00 pm, with a reception to follow. The Dean's Lecture Series on Education and Society features prominent leaders in education discussing some of the most important issues in the field, sparking important dialogue on challenges, opportunities, and research developments in education.
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, General Vessey Ballroom
3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Complimentary parking available onsite
John B. King, Jr.
In fall of 2017, Dr. King joined the College’s faculty as a visiting professor. He served as education secretary in President Obama’s administration from 2016 to 2017 and is now president and CEO at The Education Trust, a national nonprofit advocacy organization. Dr. King first began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal. In 2011, he became the commissioner of education for the state of New York, where he oversaw the state’s elementary and secondary schools, as well as its colleges and universities. He is the first African American and Puerto Rican to have served in this role.
Before becoming Secretary of Education under the Obama administration, Dr. King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary of Education. In that role, he directed the agency’s operations and managed policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. He also led cross-agency collaboration on President Obama‘s My Brother's Keeper's initiative, which was designed to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their potential.