As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, Gov. Wise fought for and signed legislation to fund the PROMISE Scholarship program, which has enabled thousands of West Virginia high school graduates to continue their education in the Mountain State. During his administration, West Virginia saw a significant increase in the number of students completing high school and entering college. He also implemented comprehensive early childhood education for all four-year-old children. As a member of the US House of Representatives, he focused on improving financial aid for college and early childhood development.
Gov. Wise’s awards and recognitions include
- 2018 Consortium for School Networking Partnerships that Matter Award
- 2017 California Linked Learning Champion Award
- 2015 North Carolina State University Friday Institute Medal for advancing innovation
- 2014 Bammy Award for Education Policy/Researcher for extraordinary leadership in education
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s 2013 Thought Leader Award
- 2012 Charles W. Elliot Fellow of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Notable boards and commissions, past and present, include the Mathematical Science and Research Institute in Berkeley, CA, chair of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, West Virginia Wesleyan College trustee, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, the Gordon Commission on the future of assessment, the Management and Training Corporation, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the University of California San Francisco Dyslexia Center Advisory Board, and the Chartwell School in Seaside, CA.
Gov. Wise authored Raising the Grade: How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth and Our Nation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University, and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Working from Washington, D.C. and California, Gov. Wise continues striving to improve education opportunities for America’s youth.