Dr. Thomas W. Payzant is currently a professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to this position he served as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools from October of 1995 until his retirement in June of 2006. Before coming to Boston, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education with the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to his tenure in Boston, Payzant has served as superintendent of schools in San Diego; Oklahoma City; Eugene, Ore.; and Springfield, Penn.. In February, 2011, Jossey-Bass published his book, Urban School Leadership.