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- Former Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Gene Wilhoit assumed his role as executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers in November of 2006. Gene began his career as a social studies teacher in Ohio and Indiana. He served as a program director in the Indiana Department of Education, an administrator in Kanawha County West Virginia, and a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education before assuming the position of executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), which he held 1986–1993. From 1994 to 2006, Gene led two state education agencies, as director of the Arkansas Department of Education and as deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education. Gene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics from Georgetown College and a master's in teaching, political science, and economics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He and his wife, Rebecca Campbell Wilhoit, have three children, Christopher, Kara, and Jason.