FAIRFIELD — A federal education official with Maine ties has been tapped to oversee the Good Will-Hinckley Home for Boys & Girls, the organization’s board of directors said in a release today.

Starting next month, Glenn Cummings will serve as president and executive director of the 121-year-old residential school, which closed its core operations last summer amid budget shortfalls. Cummings currently serves as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of education and is a former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

Cummings’ hiring comes following the completion earlier this year of a strategic business plan, which calls for the landmark institution to revive its programs and traditions while aggressively pursuing financial survival through partnerships, real estate deals and off-campus programs.

In announcing its new president, the board also said it has started talks with the Maine Community College System to “explore potential opportunities and areas of common interest for both organizations on Good Will Hinckley’s 2,450-acre campus.”

Cummings, according to the release, is anxious to return to Maine.

“I was honored to be part of an administration that is 100 percent committed to making education work for every student in this country, no matter the student’s background or the obstacles he or she faces,” Cummings said in a statement. “Good Will-Hinckley has been successfully doing this work for decades, so the opportunity to be on the ground, leading an organization toward today’s most valuable educational practices and most sustainable fiscal policies appealed to me very much.”

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