A St. Lawrence University graduate is expected to have a key role in the widespread
reform of public-school education in Pennsylvania.
Charles B. Zogby '84 was confirmed in June of 2001 as Pennsylvania's
secretary of education. In his post, he manages an $8.3 billion budget and an agency
that oversees kindergarten through college education, and Pennsylvania's public libraries.
Zogby has worked with Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Ridge since 1995, including a
stint as policy director, responsible for coordinating policy development and
Zogby also helped craft Pennsylvania's school-reform plan which will, among other
things, involve a takeover of Philadelphia's school board by the state's education
reform commission. Once the state takes over the district, Zogby is expected to
be among those involved in the day-to-day matters of the city's public schools.
A longtime political activist, Zogby was director of the nationalities coalition for
the Bush-Quayle '88 presidential campaign and was national field coordinator for the Ethnic
Voters Division of Reagan-Bush '84. A Utica, New York, native, Zogby earned a bachelor's
degree in economics from St. Lawrence University in 1984. He earned his law degree from
George Mason University School of Law in 1991.