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Alumna Ascends to National Education Assessment Post

Dr. Lillian Lowery

Excellence in education is no small feat for North Carolina Central University alumna Lillian Lowery, ’76. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has named Lowery vice president of Student and Teacher Assessments.

Previously, Lowery served as vice president for preK-12 policy, research, and practice for EdTrust, a nonprofit organization that promotes expanding education opportunities for  students of color and from low-income families.

She also served as chief executive and president of FutureReady Columbus, an education non-profit organization located in Columbus, Ohio that focuses on early childhood education, public policy and community engagement.

Prior to joining FutureReady, Lowery was the superintendent of education for the state of Maryland. Lowery also served as secretary of education in Delaware. Before taking on the role as secretary of education, she was the superintendent of schools in Delaware’s largest school district where she resolved a $17.5 million fiscal deficit.

In addition to top leadership positions, Lowery served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans from 2014 to 2015 and on the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) under the Obama administration.

She also worked as assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia; as a school building administrator; and as an English teacher in Virginia and North Carolina. She has more than 30 years of experience in education.

Lowery obtained a bachelor’s in English and secondary education from NCCU, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in education and educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Technical University.

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