Education

Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick of West Orange Appointed to Education Commission by Gov. Christie

April 30, 2014 at 1:18 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On April 17, Gov. Chris Christie appointed Peter D. Renwick as Public Member of the Education Commission of the States. Renwick is a West Orange resident and principal at Westfield High School.

According to its website, the Education Commission of the States is a non-partisan, nationwide commission created in 1965 to track state policy trends, translate academic research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.

Renwick said, “I am extremely honored to accept this position as an Education Commission of the States Commissioner.  This organization has a wonderful reputation for providing valuable resources to educators at all levels.  I plan to serve in this capacity with integrity and purpose.”

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Renwick, who has served as the principal at Westfield High School since 2008, released a statement via the Westfield School district regarding the appointment. Included in the press release was the following:

"Mr. Renwick was appointed to the post by Governor Chris Christie and will represent the State of New Jersey, working side by side with key education leaders from around the nation to improve education across the 50 states and U.S. territories".

Westfield Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan noted, “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Renwick, who will continue his leadership at Westfield High School, will have the opportunity to participate in national research, resources, and policy initiatives that can have a positive impact on our town and school district through his participation on the Education Commission of the States.”

Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe said, “I would like to congratulate Peter Renwick, who will join me in representing New Jersey on the Education Commission of the States – a nationally recognized organization that analyzes education research and creates opportunities for education leaders to learn from each other. Peter was a member of the Governor’s College and Career Readiness Task Force, which I chaired in 2012, so I know he understands the need to provide our students with a twenty-first century education. He will be an effective representative for New Jersey.”

ECS president Jeremy Anderson explained in a congratulatory letter to Renwick, “Our core purpose is to enlighten, equip, and engage key education leaders—governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher education officials, business leaders, and others—to work side by side to improve education. ECS commissioners are essential to ECS’ success. You guide ECS’ policy directions, help set the agenda for our annual National Forum on Education Policy, and ensure our work is relevant and timely.”

This summer, Renwick will attend the ECS annual National Forum on Education Policy with 450 other education leaders in Washington, D.C. from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories.

New Jersey Senator Tom Kean stated, “I am very pleased that Peter Renwick will be representing New Jersey on the Education Commission on the States. Peter brings with him a depth of experience as an educator and administrator, as well as a true passion for educational excellence, that I know will benefit the Commission and any of the committees on which he serves. Furthermore, I am confident that Peter will give voice to the diverse interests and needs that reflect New Jersey while contributing to the broader goal of the Commission of forwarding a national exchange of ideas, research, and best practices in education.” 

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