State Superintendent Brian Whiston passes away at age 56 - WNEM TV 5

State Superintendent Brian Whiston passes away at age 56

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State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston passed away Monday evening, the Michigan Department of Education reported. He was 56 years old.

The state said Whiston had been receiving medical treatments since his cancer diagnosis last fall and went on Long-Term Disability Leave on May 4.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Brian,” said State Board of Education Co-Presidents Casandra Ulbrich and Richard Zeile. “Brian was a wonderful person who devoted his life to serving others. He was always focused on doing what is best for the children of Michigan. The vision he set forth to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years will endure. His leadership and talent established the dynamic strategies that will help all children in Michigan have the opportunity to learn and be prepared for success.”

Whiston was appointed State Superintendent by the State Board of Education in April 2015.

He set a priority to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years, working collaboratively with educators, students, parents, businesses, and policy leaders in Michigan to forge the goals and strategies that will drive achievement and success in the 21st Century.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today released the following statement regarding the passing of Whiston: 

"Cynthia and my thoughts and prayers are with State Superintendent Brain Whiston's family and colleagues today. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who knew and respected Brian during this difficult time." 

Whiston previously served as Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools and taught classes at Wayne State University.

He served on several boards and was a member of several community organizations.

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