Margaret Spellings

Born:November 30, 1957 (age 62)
Career:U.S. secretary of education, 2005-2009
White House domestic policy advisor, 2001-2005
Education:B.A., University of Houston

Margaret Spellings served as U.S. secretary of education from 2005 to 2009. As a member of the president's cabinet, she led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Spellings was born in 1957 in Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Houston in 1979.

Prior to her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor George W. Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and has served in key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.

As White House domestic policy advisor from 2001 to 2005, she managed the development of the president's domestic policy agenda. She worked on the development and passage of NCLB, oversight of the development of the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the development of a comprehensive immigration plan to ensure long-term economic stability and to secure U.S. borders, and numerous other initiatives on health and human services, transportation, labor, justice and housing.

After leaving her role as secretary of education, Spellings founded Margaret Spellings & Company, an education consulting firm, and has been a senior advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Spellings has served on the boards of several funds in the American Funds family managed by the Capital Research and Management Company. She was a member of the ConnectEDU Board of Directors, as well as America's Promise Alliance and Special Olympics. She was a member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council and The Aspen Institute Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process. In October 2015, Spellings was elected to be the president of the University of North Carolina System by the Board of Governors, the second woman to serve in that role. She took office on March 1, 2016.

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