Darryl J. Ford

President Barack Obama Tuesday announced his intention to appoint Darryl J. Ford, William Penn Charter School’s head, to the National Board for Education Sciences, an advisory board composed of prominent researchers, school administrators and business executives.

In announcing the appointment of Ford and four others to the 15-member board, Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

The National Board for Education Sciences is the governing body of the Institute of Education Sciences, which was established by Congress in 2002. The institute is responsible for providing thorough and objective evaluations of federal programs and sponsoring research relevant and useful to educators and others, including policymakers. The institute describes its mission as serving “as a trusted source of gold-standard, reliable, unbiased information on what works in education.”

“I am honored to have been asked to join the National Board for Education Sciences and hope that my contributions might assist in some small way to improve the state of education in our country,” Ford said.

Ford became the head of school at Penn Charter in 2007, after serving for 10 years as director of the Middle School. From 1992 to 1997, he was headmaster and executive director of St. Gregory Episcopal School in Chicago, a low-tuition school for poor boys. He serves on the boards of Villanova University, Friends Council on Education, Steppingstone and Cliveden. He received his BA and BS from Villanova and his MA and PhD in Educational Administration, Institutional, and Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.