Date: May 4, 2004
Subject: Legislature commends Cheri Pierson Yecke

Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." —Mark 6:4

Commending Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 6, 2004
Agreed to by the Senate, February 12, 2004

WHEREAS, Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke, a former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, has been appointed the Commissioner of Education for the State of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, since leaving her post as Secretary of Education, Dr. Yecke has served as a senior advisor to the President of the United States and an official with the United States Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Yecke served from 1998 to 2002 as both the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, since January 2002, Dr. Yecke has been a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, serving on the Academic Affairs and Outreach Committees; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Yecke served from 1995 through 1998 as a member of the Virginia Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, while serving as a member of Governor Allen's Blue Ribbon Commission on Education, Dr. Yecke was instrumental in establishing the Standards of Learning as Virginia's nationally acclaimed educational reform initiative; and

WHEREAS, a public school teacher in Virginia for six years, Dr. Yecke was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Stafford County in 1988; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Yecke earned her Ph.D. in gifted education from the University of Virginia in 2001; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Yecke is a nationally recognized author and authority on education reform; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke be hereby congratulated on her appointment as the Commissioner of the Department of Education for the State of Minnesota; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Dr. Cheri Pierson Yecke in recognition of her unselfish and outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.