National PTA CEO Named One of 50 Men of Excellence

Chicago Defender Honors PTA's First-Ever Male, African-American CEO

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - January 14, 2009) - National PTA Chief Executive Officer, Byron V. Garrett, was named one of Chicago Defender's 50 Men of Excellence -- the newspaper's annual program that highlights 50 men across varied professional backgrounds to celebrate their accomplishments.

Garrett will be honored during a special ceremony tomorrow, January 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Allegro; 171 West Randolph Street (Walnut Ballroom). He is available for interviews immediately or on-site.

"Engaging parents to be involved in their child's education starts at the grassroots which is why this honor means so much more to me coming from a media outlet that cares so much about the African-American community and has a rich history of documenting every important event affecting the lives of African-Americans and all who are disenfranchised," said Garrett. "Now more than ever, it is important for parents, extended family members, and especially men to come together and make a difference in the lives of children."

Garrett was selected as the National PTA CEO in June 2008 and leads the national office (headquartered in Chicago) to continue the organization's rich legacy of engaging parents, schools, legislators, and community leaders in improving children's health, safety, and educational success.

Garrett is a former school administrator, community leader, and education advocate. Before joining PTA, Byron held leadership positions within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the administration of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. He is also a published author of several books, including "The ABC's of Life."

About PTA

PTA comprises more than 5 million parents and other concerned adults devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA flourishes in more than 25,000 school communities nationwide by harnessing the energy and talents of millions of volunteers to be: voices for all children; relevant resources for families and communities; and champions for the education and well-being of every child. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned about the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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