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Labor and Economic Opportunity

State Superintendent Brian Whiston a selfless leader, great friend

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis issued the following statement after learning of the passing of State Superintendent Brian Whiston.

“For years, State Superintendent Brian Whiston has been a selfless leader in state government and in the education community. His positive attitude and tireless efforts to make Michigan a leader in education is and will always be an inspiration to us all.

“It is devastating to learn of his passing. Our state has lost a remarkable leader and human being. And I have lost a friend.

“Brian’s legacy will live on in many of the initiatives he began, including the Michigan Department of Education’s Top 10 in 10, Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, Marshall Plan for Talent and so many more that continue to revolutionize our state’s education system and better prepare Michigan’s young people for careers after high school.

“He has been nothing short of a great partner and friend. We will continue to pray for his family during this very difficult time.”