Anthes to continue as state’s interim education commish through May ‘17 |

Anthes to continue as state’s interim education commish through May ‘17

Interim state education commish to stay through May ‘17

Katy Anthes, interim commissioner of the State Board of Education, will continue serving in the role through May of next year, the board announced Monday.

Anthes, who holds a Ph.D. in public policy from CU-Denver, was named to the temporary position in May 2016 and originally intended to stay on until August of this year. She took on the responsibilities following the abrupt resignation of then-Commissioner Richard Crandall who was in the job just four-and-a-half months.

“With so many important tasks ahead of the department and the board over the next nine months,” board chairman Steve Durham said in a statement, “we’re pleased that Dr. Anthes is willing to continue serving as interim commissioner until next May.”

She is Colorado’s first female in 65 years to hold the position, preceded by only the state’s inaugural commissioner, Nettie Freed, in 1950-51. She has been with the department since 2011, previously as executive director of educator effectiveness and more recently as its chief of staff.

“Dr. Anthes has both the expertise and the commitment to collaborate that I believe are necessary to our work over the next several months,” vice chairwoman Angelika Schroeder said in the statement. “We are pleased that she is willing to continue serving in this capacity.”

The board is not likely to begin the process for selecting the next permanent education commissioner until January 2017.

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