Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 11, within the state capitol complex in honor of State Superintendent Brian Whiston.
Whiston passed away Monday, May 7 after a battle with cancer. He was 56 years old.
“Brian was a great partner who devoted much of his life to educating and improving the lives of Michigan youth,” Snyder said. “The work he did for this state was admirable, and he will be missed by many. I send my deepest condolences to his family and his colleagues at the Department of Education during this difficult time.”
Whiston began serving as the Michigan state superintendent of schools in 2015 after working as the Dearborn Public Schools superintendent and the Oakland Schools director of government and community services.
A funeral service in his honor will be held Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, located at 134 Airport Road in Waterford.
Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff on Friday. Flags should be returned to full staff on Saturday, May 12.
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