Mayor Menino Appoints Dean Coleman to School Committee

The following text is taken from a press release from Mayor Menino’s office dated June 13, 2013

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today the appointment of Dr. Hardin Coleman, Dean of Boston University School of Education, to the Boston School Committee.  Dean Coleman will complete the term of John Barros who stepped down from the Committee in April. The vacated term ends on January 6, 2014.

“Dean Coleman brings a unique blend of expertise and experience to the Boston School Committee — his leadership at one of our city’s finest higher education institutions; his extensive work with educators, counselors, and other partners; and a distinct perspective of Boston’s schools and families through his recent work to improve our system’s school choice process,” Mayor Menino said. “I am honored to appoint an individual with such exceptional outstanding credentials, skills, and experience.”

A licensed psychologist, Dean Coleman holds degrees in Counseling and Psychology from Stanford University, the University of Vermont, and Williams College. Before assuming his position at Boston University in 2008, Dean Coleman served as Associate Dean and Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin for several years.  Dean Coleman is the author of scores of publications, led numerous trainings, and taught several upper level courses with a focus on the achievement gap, at-risk children and adolescents, and multicultural counseling.

Dean Coleman’s community work is equally extensive and impactful.  He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Governing Board for EdVestors and the Advisory Board for Axis of Hope.

Most recently, Dean Coleman served as the Co-Chair of the External Advisory Board for School Assignment to the Boston Public School and in this capacity, helped to pave the way for a new student assignment system – the first since 1988 and one that will offer more students the opportunity to attend a quality school closer to home. As a vital extension to this work, Dean Coleman currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Quality Schools Working Group for the Boston Public Schools.

The Boston School Committee is a seven-member board, which governs and sets policy for the Boston Public Schools.  Any Boston resident is eligible to apply for a position.  A citizens nominating panel accepted nominations this fall before recommending candidates to Mayor Menino earlier in December.  Mayor Menino interviewed the finalists before making his selection.

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