Jean Benish Potter
Class of 1969
Jean became an integral part of White House education policy-making by becoming the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education. Shortly thereafter, she was elevated to the Acting Assistant Secretary of Education by President Reagan. In this capacity, she was responsible for the United States Elementary and Secondary Education Programs including the administration of Title I and II, Impact Aid for Schools, Rural Education, WomenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Educational Equity and Migrant Education Program. She managed a $3.5 billion budget and 375 employees. She established the Blue Ribbon School Awards Program, the Standards for School Excellence Program. In her capacity, she advised and consulted with the President and his staff, Congress and the various departments in the Federal Government. She assisted the States with the implementation of the new block grant programs, assisted with the development of the PresidentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s education budget and plans for education and assumed many other responsibilities too numerous to mention. She represented the President and Vice President Secretary of Education in matters relating to Elementary and Secondary Education before Congress.
Later, she became the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Environmental Protection Agency where she assisted the Administrator and Chief of Staff in the day-to-day duties involving environmental protection.
She earned the Edinboro Alumni of the Year Award in 1999 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Jean is also an award-winning author, having authored numerous books for children as well as curriculum books for teachers. She continues to write and develop curriculum materials.
Former Member Board of Directors: West Virginia Humanities Council
(Appointment by Governor Cecil H. Underwood)
Former Member Board of Directors: Alliance for the Arts
Current Member of Presidential Commission on Presidential Scholars
(Appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Barack Obama)
Current Member: PEACES Board of Directors, Charleston, WV
The Washington State Press WomenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s educational book of the year
The National Press WomenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s first place winner in educational publications
Benjamin Franklin Award for outstanding childrenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s book
Two outstanding achievement awards for activity books by ParentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Guide to ChildrenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Media, Inc., 1998
Honors outstanding achievement in activity books by ParentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Guide to ChildrenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Media, Inc., 1998
Best educational book by Early Childhood News, 1998
I am submitting a copy of her vita, but am not sure it is up to date. Also you may review her credientials
She is pictured with Justice Anthony Scalia in the photo.
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