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Secretary Of Education Participating In Video Conference

Former U.S. Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Participating In Video Conference With Concord University Students

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 28 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

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ATHENS, W.Va. – Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a video conference with a Political Science class at Concord University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The hour-long event will begin at 2 p.m. (EDT) in the Pais Fellowship Hall in University Point.


He will meet with students in POSC 430, Seminar in American Government: Education Policy and Politics, and will answer questions related to strategies for improving academic success, particularly with regard to observations he makes in his recent book, “How Schools Work.” Many students in the class are also members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, which is a sponsor of the event.


Named U.S. Secretary of Education by former President Barack Obama, Arne Duncan was confirmed for the post by the U.S. Senate in January 2009 and served until December 2015. He earned the distinction of being the country’s “longest-serving big-city education superintendent” when he led the Chicago Public Schools as the CEO from June 2001 to December 2008.


Prior to this, Duncan ran the nonprofit Ariel Education Initiative from 1992 to 1998 and played professional basketball in Australia from 1987 to 1991. Duncan is a 1987 graduate of Harvard University.


Currently, Arne Duncan serves as Managing Partner of Emerson Collective where he is working to create job and life opportunities for young men on the south and west sides of Chicago through partnerships, local business leaders, community organizers and non-profit groups.


The general public is invited to join the Concord University campus community in attending the video conference at no charge.


For additional information please contact Dr. James White at (link sends e-mail)or 304-384-6061.



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