Godowsky is stepping in for Mark Murphy, who stepped down in August

Steven Godowsky is officially the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. The Delaware Senate confirmed his appointment earlier today at Legislative Hall. He will be succeeding Mark Murphy, who stepped down Aug. 14.

Godowsky brings nearly four decades of experience to the position. Before accepting the position he was working at the University of Delaware as a program associate for the Delaware Academy of School Leadership.

For two decades he worked as an assistant principal at Delcastle Technical High School, principal at Hodgson Vo-Tech, and was also an assistant superintendent.  While he was superintendent he was President of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association for the 2007-08 school years. He’s also been a special education teacher at Alfred I Dupont School District.

Gov. Jack Markell said his experience and background will be an important asset to Delaware.

“Steve is a leader with the experience and respect necessary to build on the tremendous progress we’ve made over the past seven years,” said Governor Markell. “There is still more work to be done, but today’s vote by the Senate underscores their confidence in Steve’s ability to advance our efforts. I look forward to our work together and I appreciate the Senate’s consideration and support.”

Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Sen. David Sokloa, said he is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation.

“This is a critical juncture for public education here in Delaware, and based on an impressive resume and the testimony we heard in the Senate today, I think Governor Markell made an inspired choice in Steven Godowsky,” he said.  

“It is no secret that our state’s education advocates have become fragmented in recent years and we need a leader who is ready to step up and build new consensus on how we tackle important issues like testing, Common Core implementation and closing the achievement gap.”