CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today officially welcomed Dr. Michael Martirano, the soon-to-be state superintendent of schools, to the Mountain State. Earlier this month the WVBE unanimously voted to offer Dr. Martirano the position.
"Improved and increased educational opportunities are essential to ensuring our state's continued growth and economic success," Gov. Tomblin said. "We must invest in our future by providing our children with the best education possible. I look forward to working with Dr. Martirano this fall to continue our efforts to raise student achievement and prepare the next generation to lead our state."
"After a rigorous nationwide search, board members are confident that Dr. Martirano is the right choice," said Board President Gayle Manchin. "He has a proven record in improving student achievement, but perhaps more importantly, he is not afraid to ask the right questions, take appropriate risks and present bold ideas for the betterment of students."
Dr. Martirano has served as a teacher, principal and district superintendent in Maryland. He was selected the 2009 Superintendent of the Year in Maryland and a 2010 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. He currently serves as President of the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland.
"I take this position with a commitment to the students, teachers and parents of West Virginia," said Martirano. "Education is not simply a career, it is my life and I am honored to be given the chance to come to West Virginia and have a part in its future success."
During the last several months, the WVBE has been engaged in a thorough search process for a state superintendent of schools. As part of this process, Ray and Associates, Inc., a national search firm, engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. From that pool, 64 candidates spanning 43 states submitted applications. The WVBE narrowed the candidates to ten, then five, and interviewed three finalists.
The WVBE establishes policies and rules to assure implementation of West Virginia's Education goals and to ensure the general supervision, oversight and monitoring of a thorough and efficient educational system.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.