MASSP Statement on the Passing of State Superintendent Brian Whiston's picture

MASSP members are mourning the loss of State Superintendent Brian Whiston who passed away Monday evening following a battle with cancer.

"Principals could always count on Superintendent Whiston to listen, understand the issues facing them and to help solve problems. He was a champion for students and public education, as well as a great friend." – Wendy Zdeb, Executive Director, MASSP

“I would like to share my support for Superintendent Whiston's family and friends. This is a tremendous loss for our schools and our state. He will be missed." – Jim French, Principal, Portage Northern High School and President, MASSP Board of Directors

Appointed State Superintendent by the State Board of Education in April 2015, Whiston had been receiving medical treatments since his cancer diagnosis last fall and went on Long-Term Disability Leave on May 4. He was 56 years old.

Brian’s obituary can be found here.

Cards of condolences to “the family of Brian Whiston” can be sent to MDE at the John H. Hannah Building, 608 West Allegan Street, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909

Wednesday, May 9 from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday, May 10 from 2-8 p.m. at Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home – 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327

Funeral Mass
Friday, May 11 at 1:00 PM – St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford, MI 48327