Board & Advisors
Meet our Board of Directors and Advisors who help us bring world class ideas and practice to all areas of education in Delaware.
The Honorable Thomas R. Carper (Chair)
United States Senator
Tom Carper was elected to the United States Senate in 2000 after serving two terms as Delaware’s Governor, five terms as its congressman in the U. S. House of Representatives, and six years as State Treasurer. During more than 25 years of public service, Tom has earned the distinction of being an effective and nonpartisan leader skilled in finding practical solutions to real problems. The first bill he signed as Senator, the “Empowering Parents Act,” was signed into law by President George W. Bush as part of the Leave No Child Behind Act of 2001. As governor of the First State, he gained national recognition for achieving real education reform by creating rigorous public education standards; instituting optional parent training programs; fully funding Head Start and other early intervention projects; demanding accountability from students, parents and teachers; and ending social promotion. Senator Carper attended Ohio State University as a Navy ROTC midshipman, graduating in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Delaware. He completed five years of service as a naval flight officer, serving in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and retired with the rank of captain after 18 years in the United States Navy Reserve.