State Superintendent Whiston and Family Mourn the Loss of Son Ryan

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

October 26, 2015

LANSING – State Superintendent Brian Whiston and his family are mourning the loss of 32-year old Ryan Whiston today.

Ryan, the oldest of Brian and Beth Whiston’s four children, was killed on his way to work this morning in a multi-vehicle accident in Oakland County’s Waterford Township.

State Board of Education President John C. Austin offered the following statement:

“There is likely no greater pain than the death of one’s child. On behalf of the State Board of Education, we are deeply saddened by news of the tragic passing of Brian Whiston’s son, Ryan. We know how close Brian is to his children, and we offer our dearest condolences to Brian and the entire family. Our State Superintendent has the responsibility to care for all of Michigan’s children, and now, we ask us all to care for him in this time of personal loss and tragedy. Please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Arrangements are pending. The State Superintendent’s office is thoughtfully asking that people not email or contact Brian at the moment, as he and his family go through this extraordinary time of grief.