OSERS Welcomes New Leaders

July 28, 2010

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Sue Swenson Melody Musgrove

Alexa Posny, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, announced that the Department of Education filled two powerful and important positions in special education. Sue Swenson will be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSERS and Melody Musgrove will be the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 

Staffing Announcement from Alexa Posny

I am pleased to announce that starting in mid-August, Ms. Sue Swenson will begin her duties as OSERS Deputy Assistant Secretary and Ms. Melody Musgrove will become the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Sue, who resides in Bethesda, MD, runs her own company which specializes in management, payment technologies and social entrepreneurship to support people with disabilities and their families.  Formerly the Executive Director of the Arc of the United States and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, as well as the Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Sue brings a wealth of experience in disability related issues including family support, inclusion, and transition to name a few.

Melody, who will be moving to the DC area from Mississippi, is currently the Director of Business Development with LRP Publications.  Formerly, she was the State Director of Special Education in Mississippi, a due process hearing officer, an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Federal Programs for the Lawrence County School District, an Assistant Principal, and a special education teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Melody has been noted for her work to reduce the achievement gap for traditionally under-performing students, conducted statewide self-assessments, and designed and implemented a focused system of monitoring local districts.

Please join me in welcoming both Sue and Melody to OSERS.

Alexa Posny, PhD
Assistant Secretary
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services