Bob Wise


Bob Wise

Senior Advisor

Interest Areas

Integrating innovative practice and policy
Technology and Equity
Learning sciences implementation
Education systems change


Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise has spent his career advancing education opportunities for our nation’s students. He recently completed 14 years as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based nonprofit that is a national leader in advocating the policies and practices necessary for secondary school students to be ready for postsecondary education and careers.

Gov. Wise led the development of Future Ready Schools®, a network of 3300 school districts committed to assisting teachers and improve student learning outcomes through digital learning. He recently launched a science of adolescent learning initiative to guide education policy and practice decisions, and works closely with school district, state, and national leaders for evidence-based systems-change that advances 21st century learning meeting each student’s needs.

Gov. Wise is a senior fellow at FutureEd, a solution oriented think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Recently he was named a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, the regional accrediting agency for public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific.

Serving a combined 24 years as governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and state legislator, Gov. Wise has frequently advised the U.S. Dept. of Education, White House, and key state and federal policymakers. As governor of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005, Gov. Wise fought for and signed legislation to fund the PROMISE Scholarship program, which has enabled thousands of West Virginia high school graduates to continue their education in the Mountain State, and implemented comprehensive early childhood education for all four year old children. As a member of the US House of Representatives, he focused on improving financial aid for college and early childhood development.

Gov. Wise’s awards and recognitions include the 2018 Consortium for School Networking Partnerships that Matter Award; the 2017 California Linked Learning Champion Award; the 2015 North Carolina State University Friday Institute Medal for advancing innovation; the 2014 Bammy Award for Education Policy/Researcher for extraordinary leadership in education; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s 2013 Thought Leader Award; and the 2012 Charles W. Elliot Fellow of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2014, he was named one of the ten most influential people in education technology by Tech & Learning and in 2011, he was named to the NonProfit Times’s “Power & Influence Top 50”.

Notable boards and commissions include the Mathematical Science and Research Institute in Berkeley, CA, chair of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, West Virginia Wesleyan College trustee, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, the Gordon Commission on the future of assessment, the Management and Training Corporation, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the Chartwell School in Seaside, CA.

Gov. Wise authored Raising the Grade: How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth and Our Nation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University, a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University, and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Working from Washington, D.C. and Monterey, CA, Gov. Wise continues striving to improve education opportunities for America’s youth.