Washington, D.C. - July 29, 2015 - Achieve announced today that New Hampshire Governor Margaret "Maggie" Hassan has accepted an invitation to join its board of directors.
By joining the board, Governor Hassan will help to guide Achieve's work to lead and support state efforts to improve systems of standards, assessment, accountability, and graduation requirements so that all students are prepared for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship.
"We are delighted to welcome Governor Hassan to the Achieve board," said Achieve President Michael Cohen. "She has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring that students in New Hampshire gain the knowledge and develop the skills they will need to compete in a global economy. Her experience as a governor and state legislator will be a tremendous asset in Achieve's work with states to ensure college and career readiness for all students."
Mark Grier, Vice Chairman of Prudential Financial and Chair of the Achieve board, echoed Cohen's sentiments. "Governor Hassan brings valuable experience and a proven commitment to improving public education to the Achieve board. We look forward to working with her and benefitting from her expertise as we continue to support Achieve's mission."
Since taking office in 2013, Governor Hassan has led several key initiatives intended to improve New Hampshire's schools. In 2014, she launched a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force to modernize STEM education in New Hampshire public schools. She also initiated an effort to partner manufacturing companies directly with classes at local schools in order to facilitate a stronger workforce pipeline. Under Governor Hassan's leadership, New Hampshire remains committed to raising the bar for its students by ensuring schools have robust college and career readiness standards like the Common Core.
Prior to being elected governor, as a leader in the state Senate, she helped to institute universal kindergarten in New Hampshire and reduce the state's dropout rate by increasing the legal dropout age to 18 and establishing alternative education programs.
Governor Hassan joins an Achieve board comprised of governors and business leaders. Other governors currently serving on the Achieve board include Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri.