Corbett taps education board member as new chairman

    The Associated Press reportes Pa. Gov Tom Corbett hopes to promote from within for the position of state Board of Education chair:

    Gov. Tom Corbett is turning to a Schuylkill County man to be the new chairman of Pennsylvania’s Board of Education.

    Corbett said Thursday he has picked Larry Wittig of Tamaqua, who’s served on the state board since 2001, to succeed Joe Torsella as chairman.

    Wittig is a certified public accountant who Corbett says has been involved in every level of education, including his local school board and the board of trustees at Philadelphia University.

    The governor says Wittig understands the connection between state education policies and their impact on teaching and learning.

    A father of three, Wittig holds a master’s degree from Drexel University.

    Torsella resigned to accept a White House appointment to a United Nations post. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination earlier this month.

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