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Glenn Cummings, a student in the Graduate School of Education's Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program, was chosen as deputy assistant secretary of education in the Obama administration.

Cummings, a former speaker of the house in the Maine House of Representatives, will work in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education on issues related to adult education and literacy, career and technical information and community colleges.

"Education is a vital issue at a vital time," Cummings said in a press release. "I'm excited about helping create pathways and passages for American students to succeed in higher education as it's central to their own success and to the success of our country."

Cummings is the dean of advancement at Southern Maine Community College and served as the co-chairman of the Obama for Maine campaign.

He has degrees in education and public administration from Brown University and Harvard University.

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