Ex-BRSU superintendent Dan French named secretary of education

This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared August 2 in the Manchester Journal.

MANCHESTER — Area education professionals are praising the choice of Daniel French as the state’s new secretary of education.

The appointment of French, who for nine years was superintendent of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, was announced on Thursday by Gov. Phil Scott at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

Daniel French

Daniel French is Vermont’s new education secretary.

“[French] sees the opportunity and the necessity we have to transform our system from good to great. And he has the expertise to work with districts and local education leaders to re-center the system’s focus on expanding opportunities and improving outcomes for our kids in a way that’s sustainable and affordable for taxpayers,” Scott said of the appointment.

In the Northshire, French was described Thursday as a big-picture thinker, as an inspirational leader, and as a capable administrator who understands the needs of building principals and teachers. They said French is skilled in understanding complicated systems and finding efficiencies and outside-the-box solutions, and has a firm command of education technology and how it can be used to provide personalized learning.

“I think the fit is perfect for our times in this state,” said current BRSU Superintendent Jacquelyne Wilson. “Dan is going to bring a world of expertise around understanding systems and efficiencies that we need.”

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