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Richard Paul Mills
(born November 28, 1944) is an American educator most notable for having served as the Commissioner of Education for both
Early life and career
Mills was born in
to a former teacher and college professor turned insurance salesman.
He earned a bachelor's degree in History at
in 1966 and a master's degree in American History at
in 1967. He began his career as a history teacher at the
New York City
and helped found the Elizabeth Seeger School in 1971. He pursued an
Columbia Business School
, graduating in 1975, and an
Teachers College, Columbia University
He moved to work for the
New Jersey Department of Education
in the mid-1970s where he held various administrative posts. Governor
Thomas H. Kean
picked him to serve as special assistant on education in 1984. In 1988, Governor
Madeleine M. Kunin
selected him to serve as Commissioner of Education for Vermont.
Years as New York Commissioner of Education
In 1995, the Board of Regents appointed him
Commissioner of Education for New York State
Initiatives and State results
Including his calls for high standards. Since 1995 Mills has taken many unprecedented steps including the end of local school boards of education autonomy to grant diplomas through the new mandary......
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