The Texas Senate today voted unanimously to formally confirm the nomination of Michael L. Williams as the state’s Commissioner of Education. Named to the position by Governor Rick Perry in September 2012, Commissioner Williams’ appointment required Senate confirmation.
“I thank Governor Perry for his confidence in selecting me for this important position and the members of the Texas Senate for their confirmation vote today,” said Commissioner Williams. “I look forward to confronting the challenges ahead of us in public education and to supporting the progress of our students. While there are often differing views on how best to move Texas schools forward, I am heartened that we all share a common goal of providing the best public education for every child in our state.”
As Commissioner of Education, Williams heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for approximately five million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools. Williams is the first African-American to serve as Commissioner of Education in the state’s history.