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Dallas attorney and education advocate

The O’Donnell Foundation has announced that Dallas attorney and civic leader Tom Luce is its new chief operating officer.

”Tom’s life passion has been improving public education for all children,” said Peter O’Donnell, chairman, president and chief executive of the O’Donnell Foundation. ”Tom shares our foundation’s mission for strengthening the nation’s education system at every level.”

The foundation, started by O’Donnell and his wife Edith, is the fifth largest independent foundation in Dallas. Over the last 30 years, it has contributed more than $600 million to support scientific research and education in America. O’Donnell has received numerous awards, the most recent being the Presidential Citation from the University of Texas.

In the local world of gift giving, when there’s a mega size anonymous donation to a cause, many people presume that it’s from cheap jerseys the O’Donnells. What lent spice to those reports among the cognoscenti is that far more often than not, it was true.

”I have known and admired Peter and Edith O’Donnell for more than 50 years,” Luce said. ”Their commitment and leadership in support of public schools as well as our institutions of higher learning is unprecedented. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work together to achieve our shared goals.”

”Tom Luce showed remarkable foresight when he led the team that passed the most comprehensive public education bill in Texas history,” O’Donnell said. ”Tom founded Just for Kids to make data on school performance available to Texas cheap jerseys parents and was a founding director of Advanced Placement Strategies, a Texas nonprofit program that is wholesale jerseys increasing the number of students especially those in low performing schools who now pass AP exams in math, science and English.”

Luce was chief of staff for the Texas Select Committee on Public Education, which produced one of the country’s first public school reform efforts in 1984. He was appointed assistant secretary of education by President George W. Bush in 2005 and will continue his work as chairman of the National Math and Science Initiative.

Luce has written two books about how to improve public education. Now or Never: How We Can Save Our Public Schools outlined a preliminary plan for education reform and called for a broader support of public education. His second book is Do What Works: How Proven Practices Can Improve America’s Public Schools.

An attorney since 1965, Luce received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and has been given distinguished alumni awards from the university and SMU Dedman School of Law. He was a founding partner and managing partner of Hughes Luce LLP.

Something people don’t know about me: I literally was born on top of the Barnett Shale. (I was born at home in a two room block house in Parker County.)

Most unforgettable experience on the job: Covering the Kennedy assassination (as assistant city editor).

The greatest challenge covering business in North Texas: Especially since World War II, Dallas has been like a new frontier, where fortunes and reputations are made at mile a minute speed.

Hometown: Dallas since the age of 2; that is, roughly since 1925 26, since my birthday is in late November.

Education: Sunset High School, then freshman and sophomore years at North Texas Agricultural College (a junior branch of Texas A at the time). Undergraduate journalism and English degrees at University of Missouri and master’s degree in cheap nfl jerseys government at Columbia University in New York (beginning at Mizzou in 1946, all on the GI bill).Articles Connexes: