Obama taps local school chief for administration post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of Eagle County Schools was tapped by the president to help guide education research.
President Barack Obama nominated Jason Glass to be a member of the National Board for Education Sciences board of directors.
“It’s important work. I’m honored and excited to be part of that,” Glass said.
Glass was one of seven appointments Obama made late Wednesday.
“I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said in making the announcement.
The National Board for Education Sciences is part of the Institute of Education Sciences, the statistics, research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education.
The IES goal is to provide scientific evidence on which education practices can be based, to education from infancy through adulthood, including special populations such as English learners and students with disabilities.
“For our nation’s schools to deliver on their important work with our children, decisions must be guided by sound evidence and quality science. These concepts matter — perhaps now more than ever,” Glass said. “I’m honored at President Obama’s appointment to the National Board for Education Sciences and look forward to serving our country in this role.”
Of the 15 voting members appointed by the president, only two are near the front lines of U.S. education, Glass and Darryl J. Ford, Head of School for William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. The rest are university administrators.
Glass has been superintendent of Eagle County Schools since 2013. He came to Eagle County from Iowa where he was chief school officer for the State of Iowa for three years.
Before Iowa, Glass was the senior director of human capital strategy with Battelle for Kids in 2010. From 2007 to 2010, Glass was director of human resources and director of research and assessment with Eagle County Schools. He has also served as vice president of quality ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in his native Kentucky.
He earned his B.A. and two M.A.s from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from Seton Hall University.
Glass will still be superintendent of Eagle County Schools and will travel to Washington a few times a year for board meetings.
The process started six months ago when the White House began vetting and background checks. The Senate must confirm Glass’ appointment.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.