Joan Schloss Heads Teachers

MAY 2003
- Trustees Reach Within For Choice - At a meeting one month after Tom Lussier announced his resignation,
the Teachers’ Retirement Board members picked Joan Schloss to be the
Board’s new director.

Schloss, a
Melrose resident, has been the Board’s chief legal counsel since 1986.
she had earlier worked as a legal counsel for the City of Boston,
including several years at the Boston Retirement Board.

Schloss
is well-known in public retirement circles, having authored several
articles in legal publications, including the Massachusetts Public
Pension Law Quarterly. She has been a regular speaker at semi-annual
conferences of the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems
(MACRS).

“Joan will be a worthy
successor to Tom Lussier” said MACRS President Roy Sacco. “I’ve known
her for many years. She’s always shared her broad knowledge of public
retirement with MACRS and we look forward to having her with us at our
June conference.”

Ellen Hargraves, a
retired teacher, is Governor Romney’s appointee to the Teacher’s Board.
“I have found Joan to be an extremely competent person with outstanding
leadership qualities that will be so important in her new position,”
said Hargraves. “The Board deliberated long and hard before voting to
appoint Joan. It was an exhaustive process during which every Board
member had substantial input.”

“I’m
glad the Board selected someone from within,” said Association
President Ralph White. “The Teachers Retirement System, with its 86,000
teachers and 44,000 retired teachers, has some unique features,
including the RetirementPlus Plan which went into effect two years ago.
Joan knows the nuts and bolts of the Teachers’ System and the Board’s
operation. She’ll do a fine job.”

David
Driscoll, Tim Cahill, Joe DeNucci (or their designees), Ellen
Hargraves, George McSherry, John “Jay” Dow, Jr. and Linda Ruberto are
the members of the Teachers’ Board. Driscoll, the Commissioner of
Education, is the Board chairman.

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