Paige, Ed.D., former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education,
will speak at Jacksonville State University at 9:30 a.m. Thursday,
January 26, on the 11th Floor of the Houston Cole Library. The
public and the university community are invited.
Later that day he is also speaking at the annual
Chamber of Commerce luncheon at McClellan's Buckner Center.
During his tenure at the U.S. Department of Education
from 2001 to 2005, Paige was a champion of education reform
who led the way in setting new standards of achievement for
all students in the nation's education system.
Paige spearheaded the implementation of the historic
No Child Left Behind Act, with its goal of reinvigorating America's
education system. Paige has devoted his life to transforming
the state of education by improving the way that children learn
on all levels, a passion that has manifested itself most recently
when he founded the bipartisan Chartwell Education Group, LLC,
a consulting firm devoted to offering solutions to the 21st
century challenges faced by the public and private sector enterprises
that focus on pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary education, both
in the United States and throughout the world.
Paige also serves as a senior advisor for Westmark
Systems, LLC, which specializes in high quality education programs
for teachers and administrators.
Prior to his time at Chartwell, and after he left
the administration in 2005, Paige served as a public policy
scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
His appointment by President George W. Bush as
the seventh US Secretary of Education, and the first school
superintendent to serve in this position, was a signal honor
for Paige, the son of a principal and a librarian in the public
Born in 1933 in segregated Monticello, Miss.,
Paige's earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University
in his home state. He then earned both a master's and a doctoral
degree from Indiana University.
Paige began his career as a teacher and coach.
He served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at
Texas Southern University (TSU). He also established the University's
Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility
that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management
in urban school systems.
Paige was honored as an outstanding educator by
the Council of the Great City Schools (2000) and the National
Association of Black School Educators (2001). He was also named
the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association
of School Administrators in 2001.