Former Gov. Bob Wise Honored as Friend of Education

October 18, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, is the 2011 recipient of the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE) Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring.

"As governor, Bob Wise worked with his state board to set West Virginia on the path to raising its standards and improving education for every student – a path on which it remains," said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. "As president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bob has been a tireless advocate for reforming our nation's secondary schools and increasing the nation's graduation rate. For this work and much, much more, we are proud to present Gov. Wise with this honor."

As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, Wise implemented the merit-based PROMISE Scholarship program, significantly increasing college attendance. From 1983 to 2001, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he aggressively worked to preserve federal financial aid for students to attend college.

"I am very grateful to receive this award from the members of NASBE, who are the leaders in each state moving our children to a quality education that prepares them to be college-and-career-ready," Wise said. "I greatly appreciate the chance to be able to work with committed people who make a positive difference in education."

Wise was nominated for the award by the West Virginia State Board of Education and former state Board President Priscilla Haden. In her nomination, Haden said, “West Virginia educators and students are the receivers of great benefits thanks to Gov. Wise’s efforts. I can think of no one who is better suited for this award.”

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America's state and territorial boards of education.

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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.