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MASB Executive Director Issues Statement on Passing of Brian Whiston

MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba issued the following statement on the passing of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston:

“This is a sad day for Brian’s family, the State of Michigan, public education and students across the state. In all my years working for public education, I never met a greater advocate for schools and students than Brian. Brian loved public education and dedicated most of his professional life to it – first as a board member and then as a lobbyist and superintendent.

“I have known Brian more than 20 years with many late nights lobbying together at our State Capitol.  In that time, Brian became a close friend. We will all miss Brian the leader, but more importantly, we’ll miss Brian the friend, husband, father and grandfather. We lost a great man, both personally and professionally. Our hearts go out to Beth, his children and his grandchildren.”