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PRESS RELEASE

December 3, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne Announces Senior Staff Changes in the Florida Department of Education

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today announced new staff changes in the Florida Department of Education with several members of his staff assuming new roles in the department.

"This is truly a seminal moment for education in the state of Florida," said Horne. "As Florida's K-20 education system continues to improve, Department of Education staff will have fresh opportunities to demonstrate their commitment to education and to the people of Florida."

John L. Winn has been promoted to Chief of Staff. Winn has served as Deputy Commissioner for Accountability, Research and Measurement at the Department of Education since November 2002. Winn has a distinguished career in education policy and a lifelong commitment to quality education for all students. Having served in various policy capacities at the Department of Education, he also has significant experience in the field and served as Governor Bush's Education Policy Coordinator. Winn has taught at the elementary and middle school, as well as the community college levels. He began his career at the Department of Education in 1984 as a Program Specialist. Since then he has built a solid reputation as an authority on policy issues facing public education at every level. He assisted in the development of Governor Bush's A+ Plan for Education, One Florida, and the Department of Education's K-20 Pipeline delivery concept. He opened up the school grading process to school districts and schools, and led the charge to get meaningful education information to Floridians. Under his tenure, Florida's school grading and data collecting efforts have become a model which other states seek to emulate.

Ray Monteleone has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating and Education Financial Officer. Monteleone joined the Department of Education as Chief Education Financial Officer in May 2003. In addition to his existing responsibilities, which include budgeting, financial planning and fiscal activities, as well as overseeing student food services, student transportation, educational facilities development and maintenance, the student loan guarantee program, and statewide scholarships and grants, Monteleone will now be responsible for the Division of Blind Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Technology, and Administration. Monteleone has an extensive background in business consulting and management and has held senior management positions with many public and privately-owned enterprises. Since moving to Florida with his family in 1977, Monteleone has served on numerous state, county, local, and educational institution boards and advisory groups.

Dr. Bonnie Marmor has been named Vice Chancellor of Workforce Education for the Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education. Dr. Marmor most recently served as Associate Superintendent for Orange County Public School's Workforce Education Department in Orlando since 1999. In that role she was responsible for postsecondary workforce education and adult general education in four technical education centers and 15 adult community education centers, and provided support and assistance to K-12 workforce education courses. She received her doctorate in education in vocational education from Rutgers University, her masters in guidance and counseling from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and her bachelors from Queens College.

Dr. Nancy McKee has been named Vice Chancellor for Education Policy and Research for the Division of Colleges and Universities. Dr. McKee most recently served as the Chief Policy Coordinator for the Council for Educational Policy and Improvement (CEPRI). She has extensive experience in education policy, analysis and research. Dr. McKee's prior experience includes serving as Chief Legislative Analyst for the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee. She was also head of the Governor's Education Policy Unit under Governor Lawton Chiles. Originally from Mississippi, Dr. McKee received her bachelor's degree from Mississippi University for Women, her Masters from the University of Mississippi, and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She began her professional career by working in an elementary school in Mississippi.