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Susanne B. Smith, (503) 947-5637

June 30, 2009

Oregon Department of Education Names Colleen Mileham as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Improvement & Innovation

SALEM -- State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Dr. Colleen Mileham has been hired as the Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Educational Improvement & Innovation (EII). Mileham has served as Interim Assistant Superintendent since January 2009. She will direct operational functions of EII which includes assisting district and school improvement; assuring accountability; and guaranteeing quality of private schools and specialized programs. She will guide the mission of EII which is to provide leadership and support to Oregon’s districts and schools through continuous improvement so each student can successfully transition to advanced learning, work and citizenship.

“I am so pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Mileham has accepted the position with the Oregon Department of Education,” Castillo said. “I respect her many years of experience in education. Her established record of success makes her a wonderful addition to my team.”

Dr. Mileham has served students and teachers in the education field for more than 36 years. At the Oregon Department of Education, she has served as the Director of the Secondary/Postsecondary Transition Team, coordinator of a school improvement team, and Education Program Specialist. In the first half of her career, she served as university professor and teacher educator, school improvement consultant, and middle and high school teacher.

As an ODE Coordinator and Director, Dr. Colleen Mileham has led and managed teams of education specialists implementing high school improvement, career and technical education programs, PK-20 system integration efforts, and the State Board of Education adopted diploma requirements. Dr. Mileham received her Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

“Dr. Colleen Mileham’s strong leadership and communication skills are imperative as our state continues to implement the Oregon Diploma,” said Castillo. "She has a proven dedication to making sure our schools have the tools they need to ensure student success for all students. Her number one focus will continue to be on collaboration with our schools to support and promote success for all of our students.”

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Communications & Legislative Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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