“John Austin plays a unique role in Michigan, bringing public and private stakeholders together to help us make headway on our state’s top priority: making sure many more people access, and find success through higher education,” Robert Levebre, President of Michigan's Independent Colleges and Universities,” told the crowd.
Austin recently brought together the state’s business, labor, education, and higher education leaders with Governor Snyder's team and bipartisan legislators to forge a new roadmap to reduce higher education cost, help more citizens of all ages complete work-world valued credentials and put Michigan back among top 10 states in higher education attainment, see“Reaching for Opportunity” available at www.MiTalentGoal2025.org.
“John is an action oriented educational leader who converts the best research in education into the policies and practices that practitioners in the field use to improve student success,” said William C. Miller Ph.D, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA).
With a record in Michigan spanning more than 20 years including work with three Governors from both parties, Austin has spearheaded initiatives to put in place some of the nation’s highest and most rigorous education standards for k-12 schools, launched Kalamazoo and other community “Promise” programs, created college access support networks, the Michigan Merit Scholarship, and the 21st Century Jobs Fund to drive new business growth out of the innovation of Michigan’s research universities.
“John Austin for years has proven himself to be an architect, champion and facilitator of an agenda to strengthen Michigan’s educational and talent development system”, offered Dan Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Association of State Universities. “This is the type of statewide leadership that will be critical to ensure that Michigan meets its educational attainment goals in the future.”
Tuesday’s endorsements come a week after Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Coalition leadership meeting at Mackinac Island all endorsed Austin for re-election given his central role in championing the needed solutions for Detroit school children and children across Michigan. For a full listing of Austin endorsements, visit http://www.austinformichigan.com/news/-what-other-leaders-are-saying-about-john-austin.
“I am humbled and gratified by the support of my colleagues, Michigan’s education and higher education leaders,” said Austin, in embracing their support. “The stakes for educators in Michigan have never been higher and I believe the momentum of this campaign reflects the trust and credibility I have built and the unique leadership I provide in bringing all parties together around Michigan’s most important work, rebuilding Michigan’s public education and putting higher education within reach of all.”