B. Keith Fulton Named Friend of Education by National Association

Oct 16, 2009, 10:30 ET from National Association of State Boards of Education

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Keith Fulton, President of Verizon West Virginia, is being honored with the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE) Friend of Education Award. The national award is given annually to an individual or organization whose primary work may be outside the realm of education policy but whose contributions to education are significant and enduring.

"B. Keith Fulton richly deserves his recognition as our Friend of Education Award winner," said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. "He has been a leader in West Virginia's drive to link 21st century tools to educators' efforts in adapting technology to engage students and prepare them for even greater learning beyond the classroom."

Fulton, who has been with Verizon Vest Virginia since 2007, has worked closely with the state board of education and the state superintendent to advance project-based online learning via $120,000 in corporate grants. He is also a strong believer in his company's Thinkfinity.org web initiative that helps educators integrate online tools with offline curricula. The West Virginia Department of Education is in the second year of a three-year partnership to help teachers statewide gain greater expertise with and access to Thinkfinity.org.

Further, Fulton was the chief proponent of a $150,000 grant to West Virginia University to create a social networking website promoting 21st century learning skills and works closely with the Oracle Education Foundation and St. Albans Elementary School to promote collaboration and problem-solving competence.

Nominated by the West Virginia State Board of Education, the award is being presented at NASBE's national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 17.

NASBE, www.nasbe.org, represents America's state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education.

SOURCE National Association of State Boards of Education