CCSSO Statement on Michigan Superintendent Whiston 

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Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2018) – Carissa Moffat Miller, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the following statement on the leadership of Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston. Whiston announced this week he is taking a long-term disability leave to attend to his health. 

“Brian Whiston is a visionary leader on education at the state and national levels,” Miller said. “He is leading the Top 10 in 10 Years strategic vision for Michigan, and today Michigan’s students are on a better path for success because of his tireless belief in and service to every child. We wish him all the best as he takes time to focus on his health.” 


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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