Sam Turner will leave a void that will never be filled in the world of educational equity; his commitment to the hiring and retention of staff of color in school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is unparalleled. MPDE certainly knows the value of Sam's leadership and will miss his consistent guidance. Through his tireless efforts, the commitment to diversity hiring was kept alive and sustained.
MPDE can honor the memory of Sam Turner by continuing his important work. Sam will truly be missed; he was a splendid beacon of light in his role as founder of both the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and our group, the Multicultural Partnerships for Diversity in Education. May his soul rest in peace.