For Immediate Release - September 13, 2013

Thomas L. Weber appointed as Commissioner of Department of Early Education and Care

BOSTON – The Patrick Administration today announced the appointment of Thomas L. Weber as Commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care.  This appointment follows the recommendation of the Board of Early Education and Care, which unanimously voted earlier this week to endorse Mr. Weber as its candidate for the position.  Mr. Weber has served as the Acting Commissioner of Early Education and Care since March of 2013, and he assumes the permanent Commissioner post immediately. 

“Tom brings great perspective to this work and cares deeply about the well-being of the children in Massachusetts,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I have been impressed by his leadership at EEC over the past few months and I have great confidence in his ability to serve as Commissioner. The children and families served by EEC are fortunate to have him as their advocate.”

“Tom has earned this appointment through his years of admirable public service to the children of the Commonwealth, as well as his thoughtful leadership of the department since taking the helm in March,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “We have no greater obligation in education than to ensure all children receive the very best education possible. Tom has demonstrated that he will do all he can to advance that notion and push us to go even further.”

“For the past six months as Acting Commissioner, Commissioner Weber has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the agency.  He has provided a clear vision while engaging constituencies and implementing a series of improvements that are making the Department and the system of early learning in Massachusetts even stronger,” said Board of Early Education Chair Jondavid Chesloff.  “Commissioner Weber is a collaborative leader and dedicated public manager who will be extremely effective in serving children and families, helping to close the achievement gap, and moving the Department forward.  I and the Board look forward to our continued collaboration in this endeavor.”

“Building a system of safe, accessible, high-quality early education and care is essential to the future success of Massachusetts and its citizens,” said Commissioner Weber.  “As a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, I am honored to work with Governor Patrick, the Massachusetts Legislature, leaders in the fields of early education and care and school-age programming, and the tremendous professionals at the Department of Early Education and Care to expand opportunities for all children and families across the Commonwealth.  Providing children and families with a strong foundation for success in school and in life will produce a stronger workforce, help shape great citizens, and increase prosperity for all.” 

“I have been very impressed with Commissioner Weber’s performance since he became Acting Commissioner in March.  As a result of his prior experiences, he not only has a strong grasp of the issues facing the department but also understands the importance of timely communication with all constituencies,” said Representative Alice Peisch, House Chair, Joint Committee on Education.  “I have no doubt that he will address the issues of concern to the legislature as he has already taken a number of steps to do so.  The children of the Commonwealth are fortunate to have Commissioner Weber at the helm of the Department of Early Education and Care. I look forward to continuing to work with the Commissioner.”

“I'd like to offer my sincere congratulations to Commissioner Weber, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in this role,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Education.  “From his time with Strategies for Children to his tenure thus far as Acting Commissioner, Commissioner Weber's commitment to children in the Commonwealth is longstanding and deeply-held.”

Prior to his leadership at the Department of Early Education and Care, Commissioner Weber served as Undersecretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, where he oversaw budget and finance, legal, legislative affairs, information technology, policy, communications, and general administration in furtherance of Governor Patrick’s education agenda.  In this role, he was the Secretary of Education’s principal advisor for early education and care and designee to the Board of Early Education and Care.  Additionally, Commissioner Weber was responsible for helping develop and implement strategies leading to the Achievement Gap Law of 2010 and the community college reforms of 2012. 

Previously, Commissioner Weber worked as Legislative Director at Strategies for Children/The Early Education for All Campaign, Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Deputy Research Director at the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Issues Manager at the Office of United State Senator John F. Kerry.

Commissioner Weber is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.  He is a native of Lynn, MA and currently lives in Reading, MA with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.