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
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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