John Fischer named Deputy Commissioner of Transformation and Innovation

For immediate release
April 18, 2012

Jill Remick
Phone: 802-828-3154

MONTPELIER – John Fischer, former Director of Integrated Support for Learning, High School and Adult Division at the Vermont Department of Education and most recently Interim Deputy Commissioner, has been officially named Deputy Commissioner of Transformation and Innovation, the department announced today following his ratification by the State Board of Education.

“I am looking forward a great deal to continuing to work with Vermont schools and school leaders to advance innovation in education and 21st century learning opportunities for all our students,” said Fischer. “Education in our state has some exciting work ahead of us, and some challenges to work through, and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

Fischer, a resident of Moretown, assumed the position of Deputy Commissioner of Transformation and Innovation on an interim basis in January, when it was vacated by Rae Ann Knopf. His duties include assisting the commissioner in the implementation of the State Board and Department Strategic Plan, working with the U.S. Department of Education and other outside entities to advance education transformation initiatives, overseeing the work of the education program teams, coordinating school improvement initiatives, overseeing and developing budgets for the deputy’s office and education program teams, and coordinating internal operations with the commissioner and deputy commissioner of finance to ensure effective and efficient operations.
“Since John Fischer’s appointment as interim Deputy Commissioner at the end of January, he has done an outstanding job managing the waiver work, moving forward with our school improvement initiatives, and coordinating the work of our education program teams,” said Commissioner Vilaseca. “I want him to be able to continue that work, so am appointing him formally as Deputy Commissioner. John has my full support and admiration.”

Since 1978, John held positions at Plymouth State University in residential life and student activities, and in the New Hampshire Community College system as Dean of Students, Vice President and Provost. John was also a private business owner in Vermont.

John joined the Vermont Department of Education in 2006 as a consultant and workgroup coordinator in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Since 2010, he served as the Director of the High School and Adult Division, leading school improvement initiatives, high school innovation and transformation, and also serving as the State Director for CTE. He has served as the New England representative on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Directors of CTE since 2009. Additionally, John serves on the State Dual Enrollment Advisory Board, the VSAC Gear Up Board, Workforce Development Council, New England Secondary Schools Consortium State Council, and The Vermont REAL Entrepreneurship Executive Board.

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