January 19, 2018

Education reform leader Villar to depart CBIA for Mass. job

Jeffrey Villar, left, is leaving his posts at the Connecticut Council for Education Reform and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

Jeffrey Villar is leaving his post as executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to take a new position with the Southbridge, Mass., school district.

Villar, who also is vice president of education policy at CBIA, has lead CCER since 2013. Last year, he worked with the CCER board and CBIA staff on the formal affiliation of the two organizations.


In his new role, Villar is now the state-appointed receiver of the 2,200-student Southbridge School District, and will act as both superintendent and school board committee. CBIA and CCER are now in the process of finding a successor.

During his tenure, Villar's efforts focused on closing Connecticut's achievement gap and improving public education.

"Public education is key to sustaining Connecticut's productive workforce," said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan. "The business community is committed to addressing educational disparities that prevent us from building a robust talent pipeline."

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