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Former NOVA Board chair appointed to U.S. Department of Education senior staff


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced the appointment of two new senior staff members. Dr. Michael Wooten – who chaired the governing board of Northern Virginia Community College from 2014 to 2016 – will serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, effective Monday, Oct. 2.

Wooten earned his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He most recently worked with Washington, D.C., as the deputy chief procurement officer. In previous years, Wooten served as deputy department chair and full professor of contract management at Defense Acquisition University. He also served as an interim member of the Prince William County School Board.

“I am honored by my appointment to be Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education,” Wooten said. “I am excited, and I feel well-prepared for this new role after having served for seven years on NOVA’s Board.”

Wooten said he looks at this opportunity as a call to service and is eager to work with colleagues and the administration to continue to improve the nation’s career and technical education system.

“I am delighted by this leadership opportunity and feel honored by this call to service. America’s system of career and technical education has long served as one of our nation’s most important economic engines,” he said. “Following the Secretary’s message, I look forward to the work of ‘rethinking’ how that engine best serves its students and the nation.” 

DeVos also appointed Dr. Leonard Haynes, who previously served as acting president of Grambling State University and adjunct professor of public affairs at Ohio State University, as the new senior advisor to the undersecretary.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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