Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of David Wakelyn to serve as Deputy Secretary for Education.
"With his extensive experience in improving the performance of schools all across the nation, David Wakelyn is the right person to help turn around our schools. He is an expert in state policy for education, and together we will deliver results for students and families in New York," Governor Cuomo said.
Mr. Wakelyn has served as Program Director for the National Governors Association since 2009, leading standards implementation projects and providing consultation to turn around chronically low-performing schools. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Senior Policy Analyst for the organization, a role in which he led a $4 million Advanced Placement expansion project in 51 schools in six states that increased minority student enrollment by 89% and improved performance at a rate double the U.S. average. He also co-led a project to increase the rigor of high school courses in the states of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. In his two roles, he authored several publications including "State Strategies for Fixing Failing Schools and Districts" and "Increasing College Success: A Roadmap for Governors."
Prior to joining the National Governors Association, Mr. Wakelyn was a Senior Associate for America's Choice School Design where he analyzed performance trends in 400 schools and designed and taught workshops on data analysis for principals and teachers. Previously, he studied the improvement and performance of schools as a Research Associate for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. From 1990 to 1993, he taught mathematics to 7th and 8th grade students in Crozier Middle School in Inglewood, CA, as part of Teach for America.
Mr. Wakelyn received his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. He also holds an M.P.A. from the University's Robert M. LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs from 1995, and a B.A. in American History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University from 1990.
Gaston Caperton, President of The College Board and former Governor of West Virginia said, "David Wakelyn has a proven record of improving performance in schools all across the United States, and I am confident he will deliver the same results for New York. His educational background is just what we need to enhance excellence and ensure progress in our schools. I commend Governor Cuomo for this important appointment which proves that the state is investing in our students and their future success."
William D. Eggers, Executive Director of Deloitte's Public Leadership Institute said, "As Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said, New York schools can no longer afford to be number 34 in terms of results when they are spending more than any other state in the country. David Wakelyn will be a real asset to New York's schools, and his experience ensures he will develop a smart strategy to increase school performance while cutting costs for the state. I applaud his appointment, and the future of New York students already looks brighter."