U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the appointment of Glenn Cummings as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational & Adult Education, where he will help administer, and coordinate programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges. The programs and grants managed by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education support a wide range of activities that help prepare young people and adults for further education and successful careers. These investments total approximately $1.9 billion annually.
Glenn Cummings is the former Speaker of the House in the Maine House of Representatives where he provided leadership for the passage of a bi-partisan biennial budget; brokered an agreement on the largest economic investment bond package in the state’s history; and led a bi-partisan effort to increase higher education appropriations. In his time in the legislature, Cummings has also served as Majority Leader and as the House Chair on the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Cummings will be leaving his position as Dean of Advancement at Southern Maine Community College where he also founded the Entrepreneurial Center. He recently served as Co-Chair of the Obama for Maine campaign. Prior to his work in the legislature, Cummings served as Executive Director of the Portland Partnership where he built strategic partnerships between businesses and high school students. Cummings is working on his Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and has previously earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.