Mark K. McQuillan was appointed as Commissioner of Education by the Connecticut State Board of Education, effective April 16, 2007. Having spent his entire career in education, Dr. McQuillan holds advanced degrees from Harvard University and has served in a number of administrative capacities: Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Deputy Commissioner of Education and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Education from 2002-2004. From 2004 until his appointment as Commissioner, Dr. McQuillan served as Executive Director/President of EDCO, the Education . The author of several publications, Dr. McQuillan has written extensively about curriculum and staff development, leadership training, and strategic planning. He is co-editor of Thought and Language/ Language and Reading, published by the Harvard Educational Review; a major contributor to Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for English Language Arts, and English Language Learning; and he is the editor and producer of No Child Left Behind, A Toolkit for Massachusetts, a DVD and CD information kit explaining the broad provisions of the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). While serving as Deputy Commissioner of Education, Dr. McQuillan wrote the Department of Educationâ€™s multiyear strategic plan, SP2005, and successfully implemented a major administrative reorganization of the agency and its various divisions. Dr. McQuillan began his career as a teacher in the Newton Public Schools where he taught English at the F.A. Day Middle School from 1971-1974.