Bank Street Names Shael Polakow-Suransky Next President

Suransky, currently second-in-command of the nation’s largest school system, will be the college’s first president who is also an alumnus.
The Board of Trustees of Bank Street College of Education today announced the selection of Shael Polakow-Suransky, currently the Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor at the New York City Department of Education, as its seventh President. He will succeed Elizabeth Dickey, who is retiring, on July 1, 2014. In making its unanimous selection, the Board of Trustees cited Mr. Suransky’s deep-rooted commitment to educational equity and social justice. Mr. Suransky, who studied under prominent educator Theodore Sizer and has spent his career in City schools and at the Department of Education, will be the first President who is also an alumnus.
Anthony Asnes, Chair of Bank Street’s Board of Trustees, said: “As Bank Street heads toward its centennial, Shael Polakow-Suransky is the ideal person to guide us into its next century of leadership and service. His superb experience as a classroom teacher, school leader, and innovative administrator and shared philosophy of teaching and learning will help Bank Street to accomplish its distinctive mission serving educators, schools, children, and families.”
“I have known Shael for years, and he’s a true educator whose commitment to the city’s students over the last two decades has been remarkable,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Fortunately, Shael isn’t going far, and his expertise will be put to work serving the young people of this city at Bank Street. We look forward to working together for

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