Mark D. Musick
Mark D. Musick is president emeritus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), America’s first interstate compact for education, and the James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence at East Tennessee State University. He retired as SREB president in August 2005, after serving sixteen years as the organization’s chief executive. Musick began service as the James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence at East Tennessee State University in 2006. Before being selected SREB president in 1989, Musick was vice president and worked primarily with southern state legislators, governors, higher education boards, and the staff of these groups. He came to the SREB from Virginia, where he served as assistant director with the Virginia State Council of Higher Education, and as an assistant in the office of the chancellor for the Virginia Community College System. Prior to that, he served in the governor’s office. He also served as assistant to the executive director of the university alumni office at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Musick has been appointed by three US Secretaries of Education to chair the governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress that directs the program known as the Nation’s Report Card. In the 1980s, he directed a project affiliated with the national assessment that for the first time produced student achievement information that could be legitimately compared from one state to another. The project served as a model for the nationwide program that now involves all fifty states and was the key education accountability provision for the No Child Left Behind Act.
Musick served as a senior director on the Atlanta Committee for Public Education and is a founding director of Great Schools Atlanta.
Musick received an MS in history and a BA in history and economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Piedmont College and the College of Charleston and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Mercer University.