Beginning June 1, Dr. Gene Sharratt will lead Washington's Student Achievement Council, announced Governor Jay Inslee.
Dr. Sharratt is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Washington State University's Superintendent Certification Program. He has held various teaching and leadership roles throughout Washington included Naches, Yelm, Chehalis and Wenatchee, and is widely recognized for his leadership in the PreK-12 and higher education communities.
"Our higher education system has been experiencing tremendous challenges and change," said Inslee. "We need a leader who understands the importance of a seamless, well-coordinated education system and will bring the institutions together to make sure we're meeting the needs of both our students and employers, and helping prepare our students for job opportunities in Washington state. Dr. Sharratt brings that perspective and experience."
The Council was established as a new cabinet-level agency in June 2012 and tasked with developing strategies to increase educational achievement in Washington and administering financial aid programs. The Council, chaired by former congressman Dr. Brian Baird, conducted a nationwide search for finalists to be its new executive director.
"The Council conducted an extensive search for executive candidates who could work with us in a time of profound change for the educational system," said Student Achievement Council Chair Dr. Brian Baird. "The Governor had three superb candidates to choose from, and we are extremely pleased he selected Dr. Sharratt, who brings a wealth of both higher ed and K-12 experience. Having an executive director who can help us bridge the divides that exist between higher education and the secondary school system will be of tremendous service to the Council."
In particular, Dr. Baird noted that Dr. Sharratt has advanced programs to strengthen STEM curriculum and help close the achievement and opportunity gaps.
Dr. Sharratt currently resides in Cle Elum.