Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and a member of the Senior Faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as Director of the Education Policy and Management Program. He recently completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick’s top education advisor and spokesman, Reville established the Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12 and early childhood education in the nation’s leading student achievement state. He served on all four of the state’s education governing boards and in the Governor’s Cabinet. He played a lead in the Administration’s efforts on education reform matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth’s highly successful Race to the Top proposal.
For decades, Reville has played a leading role in education reform in Massachusetts and nationally. Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Reville had chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national “think tank” which convened the U.S.’s leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to set the national standards agenda.
Reville played a central role in MBAE’s development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic “Education Reform Act of 1993,” the Commonwealth’s landmark initiative to establish standards and accountability. He is a national leader on time and learning, labor-management relations in education, the state role in educational improvement and systemic school reform.
Reville’s career, which combines research, policy and practice, began with service as a VISTA volunteer/youth worker. He served as a VISTA volunteer, youth worker, teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded the Alliance for Education, a local education foundation which was part of the Public Education Network, a national association on whose Board Reville served for many years. He is a board member, consultant and advisor to a host of private, public and non-profit organizations.
Reville has published a wide range of articles on educational improvement and edited the book entitled “A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools”. He is a graduate of Colorado College, holds a Master's degree from Stanford University and five honorary doctorates. He is an author and frequent speaker on education issues. He is the father of four children.