Connecticut’s Governor Lamont Names USJ Alumna as Education Commissioner

Governor Ned Lamont announced on August 19, 2021, that he is nominating USJ alumna Charlene M. Russell-Tucker ’85 to serve as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education.   

Russell-Tucker has worked at the State Department of Education for more than 20 years in several roles, most recently as Deputy Commissioner. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer and Division Chief for the department’s Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. Additionally, as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief, she was responsible for monitoring programs and services that included student health, nutrition, and safety, family engagement, afterschool efforts, adult education, special education, as well as magnet and charter schools.   

Russell-Tucker is also a member of USJ’s Women’s Leadership Center. “Charlene has been an integral member of the Women’s Leadership Center’s Steering Council since its inception. Her contributions to the career and professional development of women across the region have been profound. We are so grateful for her service and for her continued commitment to the mission of the Women’s Leadership Center to develop and inspire future women leaders,” said Melanie Sinche, executive director of the Women’s Leadership Center.  

In addition to the Women’s Leadership Center, Russell-Tucker serves on local boards including the Child Health and Development Institute, The Children’s Fund of Connecticut, United Way of Connecticut, and in 2015, Russell-Tucker was named to the Inaugural Class of 100 Women of Color in Connecticut. 

Read the full announcement here. 

Learn more about USJ’s Women’s Leadership Center here.