State Superintendent Marockie Elected National Chair of Service-Learning Group

February 24, 1999

West Virginia Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie was elected the national chairman of the Compact for Learning and Citizenship (CLC), an organization of state chiefs and superintendents committed to linking school-based service and service-learning to K-12 curriculum and organizing schools to maximize community volunteer efforts.  

Marockie was elected to the leadership position this past weekend at the National Conference on Education of the American Association of School Administrators in New Orleans.  

CLC is founded by and operates out of the office of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a national organization that helps state education and political leaders improve education at all levels.  

As national chair of CLC, Marockie will lead the charge to make quality service-learning opportunities available to students and to use volunteers to help students improve their academic achievement.  

"I am pleased to chair this important national group and to provide the support that will enhance the effectiveness of service-learning and volunteer efforts," said Marockie. "Studies clearly show that students involved in community service-learning significantly improve their academic knowledge and success," Marockie noted.  

CLC receives major funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and ECS.  

Dr. Marockie was named State Superintendent of Schools in West Virginia in 1989. Before assuming that position, he was a highly successful superintendent of a local county school system for 17 years.  

He serves as vice chair of two significant national boards dealing with technology rate discounts for schools and libraries: the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC).  

Marockie also serves on the advisory panel of the National Education Goals Panel and as a member of ArtsEdTech, a national committee for embracing arts through technology.  

He is a past president of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization comprised of public officials who head the departments of education in the 50 states, and serves as president of the School Building Authority in West Virginia.  

He has been instrumental in the success of many major initiatives including the basic skills/computer education program and the WORLD SCHOOL program, a partnership between Bell Atlantic and the West Virginia Department of Education, to bring Internet into the classrooms of West Virginia.  

His many honors include a national "Award of Excellence" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for his exemplary work in advancing comprehensive school health programs in West Virginia and the nation, and Ashland Incorporated Outstanding Leadership Award.  

He is married to Dr. Mary Marockie, director of programs for RESA 6 in Wheeling. They have a daughter, Felicia, regional marketing director for Loews Corporation of New York.

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