Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq Tuesday announced she has accepted the resignation of Ron Tomalis, special adviser to the governor on higher education.
“Ron has truly been an asset to me and the department since I assumed the role of education secretary,” Dumaresq said. “He has been instrumental in overseeing the creation and re-establishment of important educational programs that benefit the students of the commonwealth. I wish him all the best.”
In addition to serving as an adviser to the secretary for Pre-K to higher education, Tomalis worked on several education initiatives, including the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program, which was signed into law with the 2014-15 state budget; re-establishing three Governor’s Schools: the Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, the Governor’s School for Agriculture at Penn State University and the Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology at Lehigh University; and the upcoming Pennsylvania STEM Competition, which will bring together talented students from across the state to showcase their skills and expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Ron has been committed to Pennsylvania’s education system since the early days of my administration,” said Gov. Tom Corbett. “He has worked closely with Secretary Dumaresq and the Department of Education to shape programs and policies that are in the best interest of students. I thank him for his work and commitment to education.”Tomalis’ resignation is effective August 26, 2014.