Education superintendent to deliver graduate college commencement speech
State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex will deliver the commencement address to The Citadel Graduate College’s Class of 2009 at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 in McAlister Field House.
More than 250 students will receive degrees this year from the CGC, which offers 19 evening graduate programs, three evening undergraduate programs and two graduate certificate programs.
“The Citadel Graduate College is honored to have Dr. Jim Rex as its 2009 commencement speaker. As a distinguished educator and one of South Carolina’s foremost public servants, he is the embodiment of the principled leadership that lies at the heart of The Citadel experience,” said Marcia Bonica, director of graduate studies.
As state superintendent of education Rex has made public school choice one of the cornerstones of his administration. He created the first Office of Public School Choice at the State Department of Education and has become a national leader on the issue. His initiatives include single gender education, as well as the Montessori Method. In 2007 Rex unveiled a comprehensive plan to reform and improve the state and federal school accountability systems, replacing the PACT test with a new standardized test in 2009.
A former high school English teacher, football coach, and higher education leader, Rex was elected state education superintendent in 2006. Prior to that he served as dean of education at Winthrop University and Coastal Carolina University and was president of Columbia College. At the University of South Carolina, Rex served as vice president for development and alumni relations and vice president of university advancement.
Rex is involved in several community organizations, including Clean Water South Carolina, the Palmetto Conservation Foundation board of directors, Palmetto Trail and is a former board chairman for the Nurturing Center, a facility created to help abused children.