Ford Takes Oath for

Presidential Appointment

Head of School Darryl J. Ford took the oath Jan. 30 as one of President Barack Obama's newest appointees to the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES). The next step in the process is an official swearing in ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Carol Steinbrook, a notary public and Penn Charter's director of accounting and business services, administered the oath. Denise Haigler, Ford's administrative assistant, and Stephanie Judson, associate head of school, served as his witnesses.

The NBES is an advisory board composed of prominent researchers, school administrators and business executives. The 15-member board is the governing body of the Institute of Education Sciences, which was established by Congress in 2002. The institute is responsible for providing thorough and objective evaluations of federal programs and sponsoring research relevant and useful to educators and others, including policymakers. The institute describes its mission as serving “as a trusted source of gold-standard, reliable, unbiased information on what works in education.”

The four-year appointment will require Ford to attend several meetings each year in the nation's capital.