Governor Announces Acting Commissioner Hasson to Department of Education

November 21, 2016

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Dr. Robert Hasson is appointed the Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, effectively November 24, 2016.

Supportive of the transition, Dr. William Beardsley will continue serving at the Department of Education in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner, “Dr. Hasson is an exceptional colleague and friend, and I cannot think of a better person to serve in the capacity of Acting Commissioner. It is the top priority for the administration that the needs of Maine’s students are served well by the Maine Department of Education, and as such he and I will work closely together to ensure continuity and stable leadership at the Department,” said Beardsley.

Dr. Hasson currently oversees certification, higher education, and educator effectiveness for the Maine DOE. He earned his doctorate at Boston College, is a Maine native, a former Maine superintendent, and is intimately familiar with the public education landscape in Maine and the issues related to school funding, student achievement, teaching and learning.

A Department employee may only hold the role of Acting Commissioner for six months, according to state statute. Dr. Hasson will replace Debra Plowman, who has been in the position since May. Transition paperwork is filed with the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.