For Immediate Release - June 18, 2008

Governor Patrick Appoints Two Business Leaders to State Education Board

Administration Continues to Build State Education Leadership Team

BOSTON - Wednesday, June 18, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today appointed two respected business leaders, Maura O. Banta and Beverly A. Holmes, to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education as he continues to assemble an experienced team of leaders to carry forward his vision for public education in Massachusetts.

Beginning in July Maura Banta will serve as Chairwoman of the Board, filling the seat previously held by Paul Reville. Reville, in accordance with the new statute creating an Executive Office of Education, will step down as Chair but remain an active member of the board as he assumes his new role as Secretary of Education on July 1

"Both Maura and Beverly will bring a solid business background to their new roles, which will be particularly important as we work to prepare our students to compete in the global economy," said Governor Patrick. "I know that each will be an exceptional addition to the board."

The Governor will soon announce the recommendations in the Readiness Project Action Plan. Last year, the Governor created the Readiness Project - a statewide initiative involving over 200 educators, business leaders, and community leaders to lead the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the future of education in the Commonwealth.

"The Governor has appointed two prominent, education savvy leaders, just the kind of people needed to work with and lead the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in the next, dramatic phase of education reform," said Paul Reville, Secretary Designate of Education.

Maura O. Banta, a Melrose resident, is IBM's East Coast Regional Manager for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, coordinating corporate philanthropy, government relations and community relations. She chairs the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education, and offers years of experience from the business world to several organizations focused on improving education and well-being for children, including serving as a board member to United Ways of New England, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Banta served for six years on the Massachusetts Educational Management and Audit Council, a position she first held under Governor Jane Swift. She also served on former Governor Cellucci's Economic Development Task Force. She earned a B.A. in economics from Marymount College.

Beverly A. Holmes, a Springfield resident, is Senior Vice President at MassMutual Financial Group, and an accomplished business leader with a distinguished career in the financial services industry, leading a Strategic Growth/New Business Development initiative for the company. She is also an author and speaker and recently co-authored the book titled "Applied Leadership, Putting Theory Into Practice."

Holmes is active in organizations focused on education and improving economic opportunities for women. She is Chair Elect and Vice Chair of Strategy for the Center for Women's Business Research. She is a board member of Bay Path College, and was formerly one of the founding board members of the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence in Springfield.

Holmes has a strong commitment to economic development opportunities for women in developing countries and in the United States. She presented a workshop in Hairou, China as part of her role at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women. She has traveled extensively leading delegations to such countries as People's Republic of China, Russia, Ukraine, Senegal, and England to explore business development opportunities.

Holmes graduated from Southern New Hampshire University and Cambridge College with degrees in Human Services and a Master of Education. She has completed numerous leadership development continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Harvard, School of Government and The Center for Creative Leadership.

###