State board replaces Colorado education commissioner |

State board replaces Colorado education commissioner

Students from The Peak School, a private school in Frisco, recently visited the University of California-Berkeley during a weeklong tour of colleges in California. A group of six students and two teachers drove the state's coast and visited more than 15 campuses between San Francisco and Claremont.
Courtesy of The Peak School |

Colorado Education Commissioner Richard Crandall formally tendered his resignation to the state Board of Education this past Thursday, May 19, after just four months on the job.

Unanimously appointed by the board in January, Crandall cited the requirements of the post, on top of out-of-state family commitments, as the reasons for his premature departure. The board quickly called a special meeting Friday evening, May 20, where it named Katy Anthes, previously the department’s chief of staff, as interim commissioner.

“I appreciate the importance Mr. Crandall places on family and his recognition of his professional and personal limitations in this demanding position,” Steve Durham, state board chairman, said in a news release. “We know there are many challenges ahead as the department transitions to new leadership, and believe Dr. Anthes is the right person to lead us during this important time for Colorado’s public education system.”

The state’s board will now conduct a new search for a permanent replacement, having gone through the same process after former Commissioner Robert Hammond announced his retirement in April 2015. Hammond served in the chief role beginning in May 2011 previously as deputy commissioner, and Elliot Asp, a special assistant to Hammond, served in the interim role from June 2015 until Crandall accepted the job in January.

Colorado’s Department of Education (CDE) annually sets the direction of the state’s approach to public education, and has experienced a spate of significant executive departures in only a year’s time. With Hammond’s retirement also came the exit of the then-deputy commissioner, associate commissioner in charge of assessments, the top administrative officer as well as the communications chief. Marcia Neal, the board’s former chair, also left in 2015, and upon completing his tenure as interim commissioner, Asp also moved on.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence and look forward to working with them and the CDE staff on our efforts to advance educational achievement for all Colorado students,” Anthes said in the release. “Our service to schools and the education community will be our top priority while we move ahead with our critical statewide initiatives.”

S’thorne resident honored with college alum award

Bruce Anderson of Silverthorne was honored earlier this month at Michigan State University’s College of Engineering Alumni Awards banquet in East Lansing, Michigan.

Anderson, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering at MSU in 1968, received the Red Cedar Circle Award in chemical engineering and materials science. Now retired, during his professional career he co-founded two companies in Michigan — MAXAL, Inc., and ALCOTEC Wire Company. In all, eight distinguished alumni were recognized at the ceremony at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, May 7, for their significant accomplishments that reflect positively on MSU’s engineering school. To read more on the 2016 MSU Engineering award recipients, visit:

—Compiled by Kevin Fixler

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