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NAEP 12th Grade Preparedness Commission


Governor Ronnie Musgrove, Chair

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The Honorable Ronnie Musgrove was Governor of the State of Mississippi from 2000 through 2004, having served two terms as State Senator and Chairman of the Education Committee. He is an attorney, having joined Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. in 2004, where he is Of Counsel. He has served as Chairman of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern States Energy Board, and the Southern Growth Policies Board. Governor Musgrove has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Governors Association, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Governors Association, the National Assessment Governing Board, and the National Governors Association. He is a strong proponent of public education and is active in volunteerism, working with both Habitat for Humanity and Stewpot Community Services. He is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi Law School.

Greg Jones, Vice Chair

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Greg Jones is the President & CEO (Retired), of State Farm General Insurance. He is Chairman of California Business for Education Excellence and former Chairman of the California Business Roundtable. Mr. Jones currently serves on the Board of Directors for Franklin University, the Los Angeles Urban League, the National Urban League, the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board, and the Tiger Woods Foundation. He is a former member of the California State Board of Education and is listed in Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.

Governer John Engler

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The Honorable John Engler is President of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with nearly $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 13 million employees. A former three-term Governor of Michigan, he also served as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board. In September 2005, Governor Engler was named Vice Chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the U.S. government’s senior trade advisory panel. He is a member of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, formed by the National Center on Education and the Economy to chart a course for U.S. education and the workforce.

Michael J. Guerra

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Mr. Guerra was the executive director of Secondary Schools, National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), from 1982 to 2001. He became NCEA president beginning in 2001 and retired in 2005. Mr. Guerra was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board from 1993 through 2000. He also served as the U.N. delegate in the International Office of Catholic Education and was the 2005 Ruggiero Lecturer at DeSales University.

Nancy K. Kopp

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Originally elected in February 2002, the Honorable Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer. Prior to that election, she served 27 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, chairing the Joint Committee on Spending Affordability, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development. Ms. Kopp served on the National Assessment Governing Board and also on the Southern Regional Education Board, chairing its Commission on Educational Quality. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and chaired its Assembly on Legislative Issues, and Committees on Federal Budget Issues, State Fiscal Issues, and Capital Budgeting Procedures.

Raymund Paredes

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Raymund Paredes is the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is the Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Nationwide Hispanic Advisory Council and was named one of Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2007. Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Education Commission of the States, he also serves on its Advisory Committee for Developmental Studies. He previously served as a trustee of the College Board, on the board of directors of the Texas Cultural Trust, and as a trustee of Mercy College of New York. He is the former Vice President for Programs, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and was Vice Chancellor for Academic Development for 10 years at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he had been a professor of English for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Special Assistant to the President of the University of California system on outreach efforts to improve access to higher education for students from educationally disadvantaged communities.

Eileen Weiser

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Eileen Weiser is a civic leader with national and local service. She is a member of the Michigan Board of Education and served previously from 1998 to 2006. Ms. Weiser previously served on the Governing Board from 2003-2007 as a state board of education representative before being newly appointed in 2008. From 1998-2001, Ms. Weiser was Executive Director of the McKinley Foundation, a nonprofit organization that created and managed various community projects including literacy efforts and curriculum reform.


Darvin M. Winick

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Darvin Winick served as Governing Board Chair from 2002 until September 2009. He is President of Winick & Associates, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, College of Education. Dr. Winick, a psychologist and career organizational consultant, has been active in Texas education policy since the early 1980s. He helped found the Texas Business and Education Coalition and served as Advisor to the Texas Governor’s Business Council and Director of Texans for Education.

Mark Musick

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Mark Musick holds the James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence in Education and Teaching at East Tennessee State University and is president emeritus of the Southern Regional Education Board, America’s first interstate compact for education. Mr. Musick was appointed by three U.S. Secretaries of Education to chair the National Assessment Governing Board. He is a charter member of the new board of ACT, Inc., serving as lead director of the ACT board and as a member of the ACT executive committee. Mr. Musick was elected in 2006 to the board of directors of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment.

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