For Immediate Release
November 01, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the appointment of Margaret A. McKenna to the Boston School Committee. Ms. McKenna will complete the term of Alfreda Harris who stepped down from the Committee in September. The vacated term ends on January 5, 2015.
“Margaret McKenna has long been a champion of equal opportunity for those most in need,” Mayor Menino said. “I’m honored to appoint an individual with such outstanding credentials and experience.”
A civil rights lawyer, Ms. McKenna has an extensive background in social justice and education. Among other positions, she has served as President of Lesley University for more than 22 years, as Vice President of Radcliffe College, as Deputy Undersecretary with the U.S. Department of Education, and as Deputy Counsel to President Carter. During her tenure at Lesley, the college grew from 2,000 to more than 10,000 students, and established itself as a national leader in teacher education.
Ms. McKenna has had vast experience at the local, state, and federal levels, and led the education transition teams for Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, and for President Clinton. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University. Ms. McKenna holds degrees from Southern Methodist University School of Law, from Emmanuel College, as well as ten honorary degrees. The author of several publications, Ms. McKenna has been appointed to numerous boards, and has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors. She has two adult sons.
The Boston School Committee is a seven-member board, which governs and sets policy for the Boston Public Schools. Any Boston resident is eligible to apply. A citizens nominating panel accepted nominations earlier this fall before recommending candidates to Mayor Menino. The Mayor was required to make his selection within 15 days of receiving the names of the finalists. Mayor Menino will swear in Ms. McKenna as a member of the Boston School Committee on Monday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m. in his office.