[NHDOE-ETNews] SETDA Welcomes New Executive Director: Douglas Levin

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Mon Oct 26 15:00:33 EDT 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Sara Hall, Deputy Director at 410-279-3368

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Appoints New
Executive Director, Douglas Levin

October 26, 2009 (Washington, DC) - The State Educational Technology
Directors Association (SETDA) today announced Douglas Levin as the
organization's new Executive Director. Building upon the growth and
success of SETDA under the direction of Mary Ann Wolf, the departing
Executive Director, Mr. Levin was selected to lead the association based
on his professional accomplishments and broad based knowledge of
educational technology, state and federal policy, and education
research. 

"The SETDA Board of Directors is thrilled that Doug will be our
Executive Director," said SETDA Board Chair Wayne Hartschuh of Delaware.
"He brings a unique set of knowledge and experiences to SETDA,"
Hartschuh continued, "Doug's leadership will be invaluable to the SETDA
membership and the broader education and public policy community as
state-led educational technology innovations continue to drive real
improvement and reform for all students." 

Over an 18-year career in Washington, DC, Douglas Levin has become
nationally recognized as an expert in education technology policy -
bridging the fields of education policy, research, and technology. Most
recently, as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association
of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Mr. Levin launched an effort to
spur innovation in state textbook and instructional materials adoption
policies in light of innovations in digital and open educational
resources. 

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, support and represent
state educational technology directors at the national level," said Mr.
Levin. "SETDA is well-positioned to expand its leadership in the greater
educational community at this pivotal moment in education. I look
forward to working with our members, my colleagues, and existing and new
partners to ensure that our students, teachers, and schools have the
capacity and tools they need to deliver on the American promise of a
complete and competitive education from cradle to career."

Prior to his work at NASBE, Mr. Levin served as Senior Director of
Education Policy at Cable in the Classroom, the national education
foundation of the cable industry, and before that as a Principal
Research Analyst with the American Institutes for Research. Mr. Levin
was instrumental in the development of the nation's first educational
technology plan in 1996 and its two subsequent updates across both the
Clinton and Bush Administrations.

Levin begins his duties with SETDA on November 16th, 2009. 

About SETDA
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the
principal association representing the state directors for education
technology. SETDA works in partnership with the U.S. Department of
Education, education associations, and the corporate community in an
effort to promote national and state leadership in education technology;
provide professional development in educational leadership for members;
and build partnerships and provide leadership to advance learning
opportunities. SETDA's membership includes educational technology
directors and staff from the state departments of education of all fifty
states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the US Virgin
Islands. http://www.setda.org
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Dr. Cathy Higgins
State Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 *** Fax: 603-271-1953 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet
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