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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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Florida’s Chancellor of Public Schools Recognized For Outstanding Contributions to Education
~ Florida Atlantic University honors education leader for years of service ~

BOCA RATON - Florida Department of Education Public Schools Chancellor and former Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student Dr. Frances Haithcock was honored by her alma mater’s President, Frank Brogan, last night for her invaluable service to public education. Dr. Haithcock was presented the Presidential Medallion award, a highly selective recognition given to individuals who have provided effective services to both the University and community at large. President Brogan presented Chancellor Haithcock with the medallion during the commencement address for her unwavering commitment to elevating achievement in school systems throughout the country over the course of her 40 year career.

“Dr. Haithcock’s leadership and commitment to serving the needs of students has been a valuable asset to public education throughout her career,” said President Brogan. “Her dedication to advancing our education system and being a catalyst for positive change for Florida’s students are truly to be commended.”

For more than four decades, Dr. Haithcock has served in an educational capacity, and is currently Florida’s Chancellor of Public Schools, where she oversees the state’s educator quality, curriculum, instruction, school improvement, early learning and reading programs. Dr. Haithcock joined the Florida Department of Education in 2008 and since that time has spearheaded several successful initiatives including the development and implementation of Florida’s new school improvement model, in addition to launching the state’s groundbreaking reading diagnostic technology in partnership with several education partners throughout the state. A native of North Carolina, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, a Master of Education from Florida Atlantic University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Miami.

”I can't think of an individual more deserving of this prestigious award and I’m thrilled that Frances is being recognized for her valuable service to our nation's children,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “She has done incredible work to improve our schools and has always kept her focus on the success of our children."

More than 1,600 students participated in the August commencement ceremonies from 10 different colleges of study. FAU opened its doors in 1964 and is the fifth largest public university in Florida. The university currently serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. For more information on FAU, visit