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PRESS RELEASE

October 4, 2002

SDE Names Assistant Superintendent for Accountability

(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that Dr. Melville Morgan of Gadsden has been named assistant superintendent for accountability and information services, replacing Patricia Rael, who retires at the end of October. Dr. Morgan joined the SDE on October 1.

"Dr. Morgan is an excellent leader who understands that schools must develop into well-run systems. I am very impressed with his experience with the Texas Accountability System and in Gadsden. He has much to offer and we have much to learn from him. I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Morgan to our staff," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

Dr. Morgan is the former director of program evaluation and accountability for the Gadsden Independent Schools and has served as a teacher, assistant principal and district administrator. He also was a director at the Region 19 Educational Service Center in El Paso, Texas.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing the development and implementation of the New Mexico Accountability Program," said Dr. Morgan. "I bring with me my experience with many cultures and peoples, my own varied cultural background and my ability to relate statistics to real events and people."

Dr. Morgan earned his doctorate in Educational Management and Research from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. While in Gadsden, he developed a Comprehensive Assessment System to ensure that the most pertinent data were made available to teachers to improve classroom instruction.

He comes from two long-time New Mexico families, including early homesteaders and ranchers and the first Baptist missionary appointed by the home mission board to the territory of New Mexico.

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