The Time to Succeed Coalition lost one of its featured signatories last week as Dr. John Silber, the longtime president of Boston University, passed away at age 86.

Dr. Silber spent his life in education as a professor, university president, and as a fierce advocate for students. As the chairman of the Massachusetts State Board of Education from 1995 – 1999, he was one of the chief architects of the state’s standardized exams, the MCAS tests, which now stand as models for the rest of the country. Dr. Silber also saw the urgency and opportunity in turning around a failing school district so he forged an innovative partnership between Boston University the city of Chelsea – just outside of Boston – for BU to take over that school district and ensure that city’s students had access to a high-quality education.

A native Texan, Dr. Silber made his mark in Boston and beyond. His voice on the coalition will be missed.