Education picks new technology director

The Education Department today named Susan Patrick director of the Office of Educational Technology. Patrick has served as acting director since Feb. 2, when she replaced former director John Bailey, who left to join President Bush's re-election campaign.

Patrick is responsible for coordinating programs and policies on technology, including implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, virtual education and e-learning, student data management systems, online assessments and the National Education Technology Plan.

Before coming to Washington, Patrick worked for Arizona on technology issues and coordinated the Digital State Survey 2002, in which Arizona was ranked first in the nation. She served as former Gov. Jane Dee Hull's liaison to the Legislature and the press on technology and served in the Government Information Technology Agency.

Patrick received her master's degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in communication management, specializing in technology policy. She also has a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado College.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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