The Joe Foss Institute Board of Directors has named Frank Riggs the new President and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute.
The mission of JFI is to restore civics education in K-12 schools and ensure that all high school graduates are ready for active, engaged citizenship, according to a press release.
Mr. Riggs will also head JFI’s affiliate, the Civics Proficiency Institute, which has launched a national campaign called the Civics Education Initiative to encourage all 50 states to adopt the United States Citizenship Civics Test, the test all new U.S. citizens must pass, as a condition of high school graduation, the release states.
Mr. Riggs succeeds Dr. Lucian Spataro, who has joined an online education technology company as its president and COO.
“I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to build on the solid foundation at JFI,” Mr. Riggs said. “As CEO, my priorities will be expanding and branding JFI as the national leader for civics education, advocacy and engagement, and inspiring future generations to public service.”
JFI Board Chairman Sandy Froman echoed that sentiment.
“While I am saddened that Lucian has chosen to depart, I am ecstatic that he is remaining on both boards and that we have someone of Frank’s caliber to fill his shoes. Frank brings years of leadership experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and is ideally suited to take the Joe Foss Institute to the next level and move the Civics Education Initiative forward,” he said.
Mr. Riggs, a 13-year resident of Scottsdale, is a former three-term U.S. Congressman from northern California and a recent Arizona gubernatorial candidate.
He is also an Army veteran and former police officer, and served as president and CEO of the national non-profit Charter Schools Development Corporation for eight years.
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