MEA announces Earl Wiman as interim executive director

EAST LANSING – Earl Wiman, Ed.D, has been named interim executive director of the Michigan Education Association.

Most recently having served as executive director of the New Mexico Education Association, Wiman has a decades-long history of service and advocacy within public education in his home state of Tennessee. He worked in Tennessee’s public schools for 35 years, serving as a kindergarten teacher, principal and librarian. He served as the president of the Tennessee Education Association from 2006-2010, prior to his election to the Executive Committee of the National Education Association.

“I am honored to have been selected for this important role working on behalf of Michigan’s educators and students,” Wiman said. “During my tenure at the NEA, I have always thought highly of the MEA and its sterling accomplishments. I’m excited to work to continue that progress for our members and the students they serve.”

Wiman earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Memphis. He holds a doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Wiman will serve in the interim role until next summer, when a search will take place for a permanent executive director to replace Mike Shoudy, who left MEA to serve as executive director of the Illinois Education Association.


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