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Susan Frost to Step Down as President of the Alliance for Excellent Education

Press Release:

Susan Frost to Step Down as President of the Alliance for Excellent Education

Will Serve as Senior Adviser for Six Months During Search for Successor

The Alliance for Excellent Education announced today that Susan Frost will step down as president effective August 12, to focus exclusively on advocacy for students and other projects. Frost will continue to serve the Alliance in the role of senior advisor for the next six months, while her successor is being sought.

In making the announcement, Dan Leeds, Chairman of the Alliance Board of Directors, said, “Susan’s passion and vision have been critical to the Alliance’s success over the past three years in placing the needs of high schools and their students on the national agenda. We look forward to continuing to work with Susan in other ways to achieve our goal of helping every child to graduate.”

The Alliance for Excellent Education was founded by the Leeds family in late 1999. Frost, who joined the Alliance in 2001 as its first CEO, led the Alliance to its current standing as a nationally respected policy and research organization working to improve the country’s high school graduation rates. The Alliance has become a leader in focusing the nation’s attention on the needs of secondary schools and their students. The Alliance has drawn the attention of policymakers and the public to the crisis facing America’s high schools — a crisis demonstrated by low literacy rates, a shortage of highly qualified teachers in high needs areas, and too few personalized learning environments, which are so crucial to student success.

“Susan has built a wonderful team and organization. Today, the Board and the Alliance team are more committed than ever to our mission of keeping excellent high school education high on the national agenda and creating real progress towards our goal of making every child a graduate,” said founder Gerard Leeds.

“I’m proud of what the Alliance has accomplished in the past three and a half years,” said Frost about her decision to leave the organization, “and to have played a role in helping inform policymakers and the public about the need to focus on improving the achievement and attainment of the nation’s most at-risk high school students.”

The Alliance has launched a national search for a new chief executive officer, who is expected to build on the successes and achievements attained thus far by the organization, and to lead it to the next level in its mission to help every child to graduate from high school prepared for college, success in life, and to be contributing members of society.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

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