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Mark Murphy is Delaware's Secretary of Education. Since his appointment in 2012, he has led the state in adopting rigorous educator preparation standards into law, updating the state's charter school law to improve school accountability and support, tackling college readiness and retention challenges, implementing common core state standards and assessments, and promoting school choice. Under his leadership Delaware won the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. He follows the philosophy that leadership is an action and aims to implement systematic changes that empower educators, but most importantly, improve the lives of children both now and in the future. Prior to his appointment, Mark served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Vision Network in Delaware, focusing on leadership development at more than two dozen schools across the state. He also served as Executive Director of leadership development at New Leaders for New Schools, designing and implementing school leadership standards and assessments and supporting the development of more than 200 school principals across 10 cities. Mark began his career as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from the State University of New York and a Master of Education in school leadership from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He is a fellow of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship's eighth class and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.