Healey, Driscoll appoint Dr. Patrick Tutwiler to be Massachusetts’ Secretary of Education

Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey's office shared this photo of Dr. Patrick Tutwiler.

BOSTON (WLNE) — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Driscoll said Friday they are appointing Dr. Patrick Tutwiler to be the state’s Secretary of Education.

The Boston Globe reports that this appointment makes Tutwiler the first Black person appointed to Healey’s cabinet.

“Dr. Patrick Tutwiler has the experience, the empathy and the vision to make sure that every Massachusetts resident receives a high quality education at each stage of their life – from early education, to K-12 to higher education,” Healey said. “From his time working as a high school history teacher to leading a large, diverse, urban school district, he has earned his reputation as a consensus builder who puts diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of everything he does, and delivers results.”

Tutwiler is currently the Barr Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Education. His record in public education includes being a teacher, teaching high school history, a high school principal and Lynn Public Schools’ superintendent.

Previous schools Tutwiler has worked for include Brighton High School, Boston English High School, Lynn Public Schools and Wayland High School.

“I’ve often said that schools are the most important investments for any mayor, and supporting those school systems is of particular importance right now as we continue to grapple with the long-term impacts of the pandemic on our students,” Driscoll said. “I’ve been incredibly impressed by Dr. Tutwiler’s experience as Lynn Superintendent and I know that his decades of public education experience will make him an excellent Secretary of Education.”

Tutwiler attended The College of the Holy Cross, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history. After that, he graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, receiving a master’s in degree education. Then Tutwiler earned his PhD from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in curriculum and instruction.

Tutwiler is looking forward to getting started, saying, “I’m excited for the opportunity to build a strong team who will help us ensure that we have a high-quality, equitable and thriving education system.”

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