Commissioner’s Update – October 22, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine DOE welcomed Acting Commissioner Bill Beardsley this week. The following notice was distributed on Friday, Oct. 16 explaining the Governor’s appointment.


Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Dr. William Beardsley will serve as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education. Dr. Beardsley is former president of Husson University and served as commissioner of the Department of Conservation.

“Bill has a strong track record in Maine and elsewhere, broad constituency support and a personal interest in education,” said Governor LePage. “Bill has contributed greatly to the Administration already and we are fortunate to have his support again.”

In writing to staff today, Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin said, “While I had hoped to return to work Monday [from his Sept. 13 accident], when I do, it will be on a limited basis as I still have much healing to conquer…while Acting Deputy Commissioner Rachelle Tome has performed admirably in my absence, my medical condition should not put any further strain on the Department.”

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