ExcelinEd Chairman Jeb Bush Welcomes Chris Cerf and Gary Chartrand to Board of Directors


Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), announced two additions to the organization’s board of directors. Chris Cerf previously served as New Jersey Commissioner of Education, and Gary Chartrand is a business executive, author and education advocate who previously served on Florida’s State Board of Education.

“Chris Cerf and Gary Chartrand are two outstanding additions to our board and further enhance the leadership, expertise and passion for reimaging education that ExcelinEd stands for. I’m grateful for their willingness to serve America’s students, and I’m excited to work with them championing the policies essential to student success in the 21st century.”
Jeb Bush, ExcelinEd Chairman and 43rd Governor of Florida

Chris Cerf

Chris Cerf has worked extensively in the education arena, most recently as Superintendent of the Newark, New Jersey public schools. He previously served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education where he oversaw 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers in more than 600 school districts.

“It is an honor to be asked by Governor Bush to join ExcelinEd’s board and to focus across all states on behalf of students. ExcelinEd’s forward-thinking work to innovate education is deeply inspiring, and I look forward to supporting this mission in every way possible.”
Chris Cerf, ExcelinEd Board Member and former New Jersey Commissioner of Education

Gary Chartrand

Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta, a leading sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged-goods industry. Mr. Chartrand has a passion for education and led a community effort to help bring Teach for America to Jacksonville, Florida, one of the first cities in Florida to attract Teach for America to its community. He currently is board chair for KIPP: Jacksonville Schools and previously served as chairman of the Florida State Board of Education.

“I’m pleased to join ExcelinEd’s distinguished board and to advance the work of this exceptional organization. From Florida to every corner of the nation, I’m committed to helping every student get a quality education. Our nation’s success depends on it.”
Gary Chartrand, ExcelinEd Board Member and Executive Chairman of Acosta

For more information about ExcelinEd’s Board of Directors, visit ExcelinEd.org/About.


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