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TO:†††††††††††† Superintendents of Schools


FROM:††††††† Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:†††††††† April 15, 2003


RE:††††††††††††† Deputy Commissioner of Education Appointed


Commissioner of Education Susan A. Gendron announced the appointment today of Patrick R. Phillips of Camden as Maineís new Deputy Commissioner of Education.Mr. Phillips has served as assistant superintendent of schools in the Five Town CSD/MSAD 28 (Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport) since 2001, and brings a broad array of skills and experiences to the position of Deputy Commissioner.He began his career in education in 1974 as a teacher and team leader in Colorado and has held classroom teaching positions in Colorado, Maryland, and Washington D.C. before returning to Maine in 1984.Since then, he has served as a classroom teacher, principal, distinguished educator for the Maine Department of Education, and Assistant Superintendent.In addition to serving as assistant superintendent in the Five Town CSD/MSAD 28, he was the assistant superintendent in the Windham School Department for the 2000-2001 school year.He also worked from 1984-1990 as the Director of the Community Service Corps. Project, Inc. in Camden, Manager of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History at the University of Maine, and the Coordinator of Special Projects for the Maine School Management Association.


In addition to his broad experience, Mr. Phillips brings a strong personal education background to his new duties. He earned a B.A. in History from Oklahoma University in 1970, a Teaching Certificate in 1973 from Colorado University, a Masterís Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine in 1987, and has participated in the Maine Academy for School Leaders (1992-93) and the Summer Institute on the Principalship at Harvard University in 1996.


Patrick Phillips has been selected to fill the Deputy Commissioner position vacated by Dr. Judy Lucarelli.