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October 26, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) today announced Douglas Levin as the organization’s new Executive Director. Building upon the growth and success of SETDA under the direction of Mary Ann Wolf, the departing Executive Director, Mr. Levin was selected to lead the association based on his professional accomplishments and broad based knowledge of educational technology, state and federal policy, and education research.

“The SETDA Board of Directors is thrilled that Doug will be our Executive Director,” said SETDA Board Chair Wayne Hartschuh of Delaware. “He brings a unique set of knowledge and experiences to SETDA,” Hartschuh continued, “Doug’s leadership will be invaluable to the SETDA membership and the broader education and public policy community as state-led educational technology innovations continue to drive real improvement and reform for all students.”

Over an 18-year career in Washington, DC, Douglas Levin has become nationally recognized as an expert in education technology policy – bridging the fields of education policy, research, and technology. Most recently, as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Mr. Levin launched an effort to spur innovation in state textbook and instructional materials adoption policies in light of innovations in digital and open educational resources.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve, support and represent state educational technology directors at the national level,” said Mr. Levin. “SETDA is well-positioned to expand its leadership in the greater educational community at this pivotal moment in education. I look forward to working with our members, my colleagues, and existing and new partners to ensure that our students, teachers, and schools have the capacity and tools they need to deliver on the American promise of a complete and competitive education from cradle to career.”

Prior to his work at NASBE, Mr. Levin served as Senior Director of Education Policy at Cable in the Classroom, the national education foundation of the cable industry, and before that as a Principal Research Analyst with the American Institutes for Research. Mr. Levin was instrumental in the development of the nation’s first educational technology plan in 1996 and its two subsequent updates across both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

Levin begins his duties with SETDA on November 16th, 2009.

About SETDA
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association representing the state directors for education technology. SETDA works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, education associations, and the corporate community in an effort to promote national and state leadership in education technology; provide professional development in educational leadership for members; and build partnerships and provide leadership to advance learning opportunities. SETDA’s membership includes educational technology directors and staff from the state departments of education of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. http://www.setda.org

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