Katherine Craven appointed as state education leader

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed three education leaders – Babson College’s Katherine Craven, as well as Margaret McKenna, and Mary Ann Stewart to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“I am very pleased to appoint three experienced education professionals to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education,” said Governor Patrick. “I know they will continue to be great partners in our efforts to close the achievement gap and ensure that all of our students are prepared for future success.”
“These appointments bring decades of professional and educational experience to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, ensuring a strong Board for our students,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone.
“We have made great progress in closing the achievement gap, but I know these members will join the Board in their commitment to keep working towards this critical goal.”
Katherine Craven currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Babson. She began her career as a budget director and policy advisor to the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Craven was named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created Massachusetts School Building Authority in 2004, where she won plaudits for her effective management and leadership. While leading the School Building Authority, Craven was also named First Deputy Treasurer of the Commonwealth.  Craven left the School Building Authority and the Treasurer’s Office in 2011 when she was appointed Executive Director of the UMass Building Authority and Assistant Vice President for Capital Finance for the University of Massachusetts. Craven received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard University.
She is a resident of Brookline, where she lives with her husband and four children. Her appointment fills the vacancy left by Board member Beverly Holmes, who stepped down from the Board last year. Craven will fill the business seat on the Board.
“Public service is a huge part of who Katherine Craven is - it is what drives her,’’ said University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret.
“With her boundless energy, sharp intellect and creativity, I am convinced that her service on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be as valuable as was her service at the UMass Building Authority.”

About Babson College

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By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 02/07/2014 06:00