Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and former governor of West Virginia (2001 to 2005). Prior to his governorship, Governor Wise served in the U.S. House of Representatives for eighteen years. He is recognized as one of the nation’s renowned education policy leaders for his vision of higher quality education standards and achievement for all students.
Since joining the Alliance in 2005 as president, Governor Wise has worked tirelessly to accomplish the Alliance’s mission of ensuring that every student graduates from high school ready for college and a career. Governor Wise is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the Common Core State Standards initiative. In addition, he was one of the first in the nation to promote the use of high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology to improve education for all students. Governor Wise is currently working to help school districts plan to transform schools into more modern, student-driven learning models.
In 2010, Governor Wise joined former Florida governor Jeb Bush in chairing the Digital Learning Council, a bipartisan effort that culminated in the release of the “10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning.” Gov. Wise is chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and author of Raising the Grade: How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth And Our Nation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law.