Former Undersecretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker has been selected as president and CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), it was announced today. The appointment is effective March 1.
Tucker "is well-prepared to take math and science education to new levels of achievement in the United States," said Tom Luce, chairman of the NMSI board of directors, in a statement.
She served in the U.S. Department of Education from 2006-2008, overseeing postsecondary, vocational and adult education, as well as federal student aid. Prior to that she was president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), raising $280 million for scholarship and community outreach programs to increase Hispanic college participation, and was a regional vice president at AT&T.
"I am most appreciative of all that NMSI has accomplished since its founding," said Tucker. "What the staff and board have done to increase the number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in mathematics and science in a relatively short period is most impressive."
Time magazine named Tucker one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. in 2005, and HispanicBusiness placed her on both its 2012 Boardroom Elite and 2013 Boardroom Elite indexes of Hispanic board members at Fortune 500 companies.
She serves on the board of directors of American Electric Power Co., Xerox Corp. and Teach for America. She also serves on the University of Notre Dame's board of trustees and Wal-Mart's External Advisory Council.
A native of Laredo, Texas, Tucker earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
NMSI, a nonprofit organization, was launched in 2007 by leaders in business, education and science to transform math and science education in the U.S. It has received major funding for its national initiatives from Exxon Mobil Corp., the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
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