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For Release : September 7, 2005


New Jersey State Board of Education Member Reappointed

State Board of Education member Kathleen A. Dietz of Hillsborough, Somerset County, was sworn in for a second term as a member of the New Jersey State Board of Education. Ms. Dietz was originally appointed to the State Board in 2001.

"We are pleased to have Kathleen Dietz for a second term," said State Board of Education President Arnold Hyndman.  "Kathleen’s voice on issues such as international education has been very insightful and invaluable to conducting the business of this Board."

"As I prepare to leave my position as Commissioner and secretary to the State Board, I am very happy that Kathleen Dietz will continue to serve the interests of New Jersey’s students as a member of this august body," said Commissioner William L. Librera.  "I know that she will remain an advocate for the kind of policies that will make sure this state continues on the path toward a thorough and efficient education for all."

During her first term as a State Board member, Ms. Dietz served on several committees including the Legal Committee and the Urban Education Committee. Additionally, Ms. Dietz served on a national study group that was convened by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

In October 2004, Ms. Dietz spearheaded the effort to bring together educators, legislators and business leaders to discuss the need and importance of international education at the International Education Summit held at Princeton University. Under Ms. Dietz’s direction, the International Education committee has begun to develop a 5-year plan on how to prepare students for the challenges of the increasingly global workforce.

Ms. Dietz is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in business management. She is currently employed as a manager in Global Pharmaceutical Sourcing for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals Research & Development, L.L.C. in Raritan.

She served as a member of the Hillsborough Board of Education from 1988 to 1995 and served as its president from 1991-93. She was a member of the board of the Somerset County Educational Services Commission for four years and a member of the board of the Somerset Academy, a branch of the commission that serves the needs of special needs students.

For more information, please contact the Office of the State Board of Education at (609) 984-6024.