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Remembering Ron Thorpe (1952-2015)

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On July 1, 2015, National Board President and CEO Ronald Thorpe lost his battle with cancer. The National Board family mourns the loss of a great leader, even as we are inspired by his vision.


Ron Thorpe (right) pictured with NBPTS Board of Directors' Chair,
Governor Bob Wise, and Vice Chair, Christy Levings.

"What we stand for as a profession cannot mean one thing in Florida and something else in Massachusetts. A profession must transcend, or it’s not a profession." - Ron Thorpe

“Visionary is an overused word, but in Ron’s case, it’s the right one, He’s deepened the understanding of the teaching profession for the nation and the world." - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan