Massachusett's next secretary of education will be a former Swampscott superintendent, Matthew Malone.
He was hired in Swampscott in July 2005 and served until August 2009.
The Boston Globe reported that Malone, the outgoing superintendent of the Brockton school system, will be named to Gov. Deval Patrick's cabinet, replacing Paul Reville.
Former School Committee member Glenn Paster did not serve on the committee until after Malone's departure, but Paster said it was Malone who inspired him to become active in the school system.
"I think he is awesome, I couldn't be happier for him," Paster said.
Not eveyone felt the same way about Malone.
"I think he was the Bruce Springsteen of superintendents," Paster said. "You loved him or you hated him."
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