Senate OKs education commissioner


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The V.I. Legislature confirmed V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory to her post Tuesday.

The body also approved David Knight Sr. to serve on the V.I. Historic Preservation Commission and Philip Arcidi to serve on the Luis Hospital Board.

Donna Frett-Gregory

Frett-Gregory has been the acting Education commissioner since LaVerne Terry left in May. Gov. John deJongh Jr. officially nominated her to fill the position in October.

Frett-Gregory has been with the Education Department since June 2006, serving three times as acting commissioner and as the assistant commissioner and the deputy commissioner of fiscal and administrative services.

Never having taught, Frett-Gregory's work experience has been as an administrator with an emphasis on accounting, program implementation and operations. From 1997 to 2000, she served on the Board of Education, and from 1992 to 1995, she was the director of Administrative Services with the Education Department before leaving to serve the V.I. Justice Department as the director of operations for 11 years, according to her resume.

She has a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University in business administration and a master's degree in public administration from the University of the Virgin Islands, and she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Philip Arcidi

For almost half a year, the Luis Hospital board has been unable to muster a quorum to conduct the hospital's business.

The nine-seat Luis Hospital board currently has only two members - Joyce Heyliger, the nurse representative to the board, and Dr. Anthony Ricketts, the physician representative to the board.

The remaining seven seats are empty.

In November, the governor nominated two to the board, Pastor Dexter Skepple and Arcidi.

However, Skepple recently withdrew his nomination.

With Arcidi's confirmation, the Luis Hospital board still needs two more successful nominations to muster a quorum and conduct business.

According to his resume, Arcidi is president of Greenleaf VI II in Kingshill, St. Croix, which is a management and consulting firm that deals primarily with hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities and outpatient facilities.

Arcidi also is the treasurer of Whittier Health Network, which is based in Massachusetts and has more than 3,000 employees at a facility that includes rehabilitation hospitals, a psychiatric hospital and skilled nursing facilities.

David Knight Sr.

Knight will serve on the Historic Preservation Commission representing the St. Thomas-St. John District. Raised on St. John, Knight said his father was a dentist on the island and also was an avid genealogist and photographer. His father's photos are in the collection housed at the Enid Baa Library.

Knight said his father's inspiration led to his own desire to understand the history and cultural heritage of the Virgin Islands and its people.

Knight is an active member of the St. John Historical Society, a supporter of the Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas and a long-standing member of the St. Croix-based Society of Virgin Islands Historians.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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