Alexandria, VA —Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, is being honored with the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring.

“As governor, Bob Wise worked with his state board to set West Virginia on the path to raising its standards and improving education for every student – a path on which it remains,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. “As president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bob has been a tireless advocate for reforming our nation’s secondary schools and increasing the nation’s graduation rate. For this work and much, much more, we are proud to present Gov. Wise with this honor.”

As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, Wise implemented the PROMISE Scholarship program, significantly increasing college attendance. From 1983 to 2001, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he aggressively worked to preserve federal financial aid for students to attend college.

“I am very grateful to receive this award from the members of NASBE, who are the leaders in each state moving our children to a quality education that prepares them to be college-and-career-ready,” Wise said. “NASBE is a national leader in so many ways, and I greatly appreciate the chance to be able to work with committed people who make a positive difference in education.”

Nominated by the West Virginia State Board of Education, the award was presented to Gov. Wise October 15 at NASBE’s national conference in Atlanta, GA.