President Biden Announces Appointments

President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Dr. Cade

President Biden Announces Key Appointments to
Boards and Commissions

April 21, 2023 | Washington, DC – Today, President Biden announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans:

  • Malcolm Kenyatta, Chair
  • Lezli Baskerville, Member
  • Marla Blunt-Carter, Member
  • Stacy Brown-Philpot, Member
  • Vilicia Cade, Member
  • Vincent Dorien Evans, Member
  • Michael Anthony Holmes, Member
  • Fedrick C. Ingram, Member
  • Lonnie L. Johnson, Member
  • Chad Dion Lassiter, Member
  • Adena Williams Loston, Member
  • William “Billy” Mitchell, Member
  • Clarence A. Nesbitt, Jr., Member
  • Denise Louise Pease, Member
  • Rebecca “Becky” Pringle, Member
  • Marisa J. Richmond, Member
  • Bernice G. Scott, Member
  • Richard “Mouse” Smith, Member
  • Joe Tate, Member
  • Kenny D. Thompson, Jr., Member
  • Benaree “Bennie” Pratt Wiley, Member

Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans aids in developing, implementing, and coordinating educational programs and initiatives for agencies such as the Department of Education. Specifically, the Commission provides advice to the President through the Secretary of Education on matters pertaining to educational equity and economic opportunity for the Black community. The Commission primarily focuses on: 1) promoting career pathways for Black students through programs such as internships, apprenticeships and work-based learning initiatives, 2) increasing public awareness of the educational disparities Black Americans face and providing solutions to these problems, and 3) establishing local and national relationships with public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit stakeholders to advance the mission of equity, excellence, and economic opportunity for Black Americans.

Vilicia Cade, an accomplished educational leader, scholar, author, and social justice advocate, is the first Black female CEO and Superintendent of the Capital School District in Dover, Delaware. Cade is the only Black female Superintendent in the state, and she brings over three decades of improving outcomes for vulnerable children and adults to her current role. Her portfolio of public-private partnerships validates her track record in improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for her students. Cade is known for her inspired and innovative approaches to bolstering community, faith-based, and business partnerships interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Notably, she was a key administrator of the Brooklyn High School’s New Visions reform project, Co-Creator of the College Readiness Scholars Institute at the University of Delaware, and is credited for launching numerous parent empowerment programs.

Cade enthusiastically embraces her personal journey as a former ward of the State of New York, described in her debut bestseller If Not For Love. Her story resonates with many Black Americans illuminating the gaps in our child welfare system. Her childhood has established a firm foundation for resilience proving why empowering the disenfranchised is quintessential. Cade has served on boards such as Northeast Ohio Boys & Girls Club and United Way of Delaware. Cade earned her bachelor’s degree, three master’s degrees, and doctorate from New York University. In 2020, she received the prestigious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Education Advocate Centennial Dove Award. A radio personality on the Stellar Awarded WNZN in Lorain, Ohio, she uses urban inspiration to connect the significance of service, educational equity, and economic development.

Press Contacts:

Monica Shockley Porter

Public Relations Specialist 

Capital School District

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The White House

Press Office

Emilie Simons

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About Capital School District
Educational Excellence Today for a Changing Tomorrow with this we are advancing excellence through innovation. Capital School District will launch a new strategic planning process focused on creating a portrait of a graduating Senator of 2033.  In 2023, Capital School District will open a $113 new interconnected middle school campus that will house the  Middle  School of Excellence and the Middle School of Innovation.  The district will launch an era of advancing excellence through innovation.


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The Capital School District is governed by the Board of Education and comprises teachers, support staff, a board of education, and administrators dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students living in the region surrounding the City of Dover, Delaware’s capital.  The District includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one senior high school, and the Kent County Community School serving severely handicapped children.  The District offers comprehensive programs for students in Pre-K through 12th grade, college credit programs in high school, extended day and year programs, numerous community partnerships, extensive arts, and athletics programs.  The District strives to accomplish its mission by providing a safe, healthy and inviting learning environment, state-of-the-art instructional programs, and highly trained, committed staff in partnership with the entire community to meet the needs of the District’s diverse population. The Capital School District is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or veteran's status in employment, or its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Title IX, District 504, and ADA Coordinators: Capital School District, 198 Commerce Way, Dover DE 19904.  Phone (302) 672-1500

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