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Paolo DeMaria Selected as Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction


May 12, 2016 - 10:01 AM


COLUMBUS - In a unanimous vote yesterday by the State Board of Education of Ohio, Paolo DeMaria was selected as the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction to lead the Ohio Department of Education.

“We are excited to announce today Paolo DeMaria as state superintendent of public instruction. We started this process by seeking input from educators and the public about the desired qualities of the next superintendent. We worked with Ray and Associates, a firm specializing in educational executive leadership recruitment, and received a total of 44 applicants,” said Tom Gunlock, President of the State Board of Education of Ohio. “Through a rigorous process of closely reviewing qualifications, discussion by the State Board of Education and interviews, we are excited and ready for Paolo DeMaria to lead the Ohio Department of Education as we continue to build upon and improve education for the students of our great state.”

“I love Ohio and want our children to be the very best they can be. There are so many smart and energetic people working in education as teachers, administrators, policy makers and advocates, and Ohio has what it takes to be the best,” said Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s incoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The Ohio Department of Education has the great task of working with districts to prepare our students for success as they enter college and career. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving the people of Ohio.”

Paolo DeMaria most recently served as Principal Consultant for Education First Consulting, LLC. Previously, he served as Executive Vice Chancellor at the Ohio Board of Regents and Associate Superintendent for School Options and Finance at the Ohio Department of Education. DeMaria served as Director of the Office of Budget and Management for Governor George Voinovich and Chief Policy Advisor for Governor Bob Taft.

DeMaria is a native of West Virginia but has called Ohio home for over 30 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Furman University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University.
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