Education and improving performance in our schools is a hot topic. My guest on my WVOX (1460 AM) program this Friday, April 8th will be Katherine Tobin of Greenburgh, former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education—performance improvement. The program airs live from 10 AM to 11 AM and is also streamed live on the internet: www.wvox.com. If you have any questions feel free to call in during the program: 636-0110. If you can’t listen to the program or call in please feel free to suggest questions.
Katherine Tobin, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Secretary – Performance Improvement
U.S. Department of Education
2009 – 2011
As Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, Katherine Tobin focused on strengthening the Department’s culture and building its capacity to work most productively with its political and educational partners. Along with other senior leaders, she was responsible for change initiatives in three areas:
· Fostering accountability in terms of performance management through regular program office reviews
· Building the capabilities of current and future managers; and
· Creating an environment of trust through transparency and commitment.
Previously, Dr. Tobin was appointed by the President and served three years as a member of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service. She chaired the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee at a critical time, when, due to Congress’s legislation in 2006, the USPS needed to strengthen its organizational and financial controls to become compliant by 2010 with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. On the Board, Tobin provided strategic vision to the executive team, helped direct and control expenditures, reviewed business practices, conducted long-range planning and set policies on all postal matters.
She brought eighteen years of experience in education to the Department when she joined in September 2009. In her career she has served as a college and university administrator and faculty member, and she worked twelve years in corporate America. As a social scientist she led research teams at Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Catalyst, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in business.
Dr. Tobin earned a Ph.D. and Master of Arts degree from Stanford University’s School of Education. She focused on higher education administration and policy with disciplinary training as an anthropologist. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College.