Saturday, April 19, 2014

MACUL's new leader announced to take over with the retirement of Ric Wiltse, please welcome Mark Smith back to the State of Michigan

MACUL News release:

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Board of Directors has announced Mark Smith as their new Executive Director. Smith is currently Dean of STEM for the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee.

MACUL strives to be a catalyst of innovation in education by strengthening relationships among educators, leading pedagogical change, and empowering schools with world-class professional development opportunities. "Mark Smith’s wealth of knowledge and passion for education gives him the capacity to strategically lead and guide MACUL’s mission forward,” said Pam Shoemaker, MACUL President.

In his first comments Smith said, “As a Michigan native (born in Midland), I couldn’t be more excited to return home to serve such an impressive and dedicated group of educators. It is an honor to join and lead this educational organization, while getting the chance to be an innovator and partner for teachers across the state.”

Smith has a Juris Doctor degree from Dayton School of Law with a focus in intellectual property law and a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University. At the L&N STEM Academy, he works as the lead developer of programming and developed student mentoring partnerships with over 90 businesses. Additionally, Smith provides STEM professional development in ten states and has presented at several Educational Technology Conferences. He is also the author of a 4-year ARC STEM Curriculum that is held up as a model in Tennessee and positively endorsed through the STEMx network via TSIN (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network).

Smith replaces Ric Wiltse who served as MACUL Executive Director since 1999. Wiltse will become MACUL Executive Director Emeritus when Smith starts his new position on July 1.

About MACUL

The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1975 dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology. Its 14,000+ members come from Michigan, neighboring midwest states and Canada. Ten special interest groups (SIG’s) offer members opportunities for collegial networking.

MACUL sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives to support its membership. These activities include grants for innovative uses of educational technology, Michigan’s largest education conference, regional training events, award programs, and a quarterly journal.

MACUL is an organizational affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Find out more about MACUL at: www.macul.org

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