Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 10, 2014
The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, today announced that Mark Hyatt will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 9. The organization’s board of directors has appointed Rebecca Sipos as interim president to ensure a smooth transition and to lead CEP’s executive team while it conducts a search for a permanent CEO.
“On behalf of CEP’s board of directors, staff and supporters, I would like to express to Mark our sincere appreciation for his years of dedication to character education and to CEP, “said Charles C. Haynes, chairman of the CEP Board of Directors. “After over two years of commuting between his home in Colorado and CEP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mark is ready to return home to Colorado and pursue new and exciting career opportunities. Rebecca Sipos has agreed to step-in as interim president. We are truly grateful for Rebecca and her years of experience as she fills this critical role during our transition.”
A member of the CEP team since 2007 as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Communications, Sipos, is a reading specialist who taught English and journalism for more than 30 years. She has also worked as a news reporter, freelance writer and editor. Rebecca has received numerous awards throughout her career, including Teacher of the Year, Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from Drake University. In her role as CEP interim president, Sipos will oversee the organization’s various programs including its National School of Character (NSOC) initiatives, the National Forum on Character Education and fundraising activities while also managing the day-to-day operations.
“I would like to thank Mark for his contributions to CEP, especially the passion, dedication and energy he brought to the organization every single day," said Sipos. "Mark worked hard to lead CEP through an exciting time of growth and national awareness. He was instrumental in driving our international initiatives and various partnerships and his published writings have brought much needed attention to the field of character education. Mark has taught me a great deal during our time as colleagues, and I look forward to this opportunity of leading CEP into 2014; a year which I believe will be the organization’s finest to date.”
Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation’s schools. We provide the vision, leadership and resources for school, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. For more information: http://www.character.org or engage CEP at https://www.facebook.com/charactereducationpartnership.