Regents appoint Interim Commissioner to start July 1.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 11:34 am by

Concerned that their search for a permanent successor to retiring State Education Commissioner Richard Mills will not be finished before his scheduled departure, the Board of Regents today designated Carole Huxley to serve as Interim Commissioner, starting July 1.

Ms. Huxley served as SED’s Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education for 24 years, retiring in 2006.  In that role, she oversaw the State Museum, State Library, State Archives, aid to libraries, public radio and television, and local government record repositories.

Though probably not well known to school officials, Ms. Huxley is well known by SED employees and to Albany insiders.

She is a solid choice to lead the Department during a challenging transition.  In addition to facing a change in leadership, the Department has been asked to formulate plans to eliminate 199 positions — nearly one-half its state tax-supported workforce — by July 1.  She is probably a reasssuring choice for SED employees.  She will not be a candidate for the permanent post.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said, “Having Carole in place will ensure a seamless transition in leadership as the Board continues a wide and exhaustive search for the next Education Commissioner. Carole will be the bridge that connects the leadership of Rick Mills with the next Commissioner.”

Commissioner Mills said, “Carole is an inspired choice to connect the current work of the Department with the Department of the future.  I am certain that under her watch the Department will continue to move forward while preparing for the next Commissioner.”

The Department’s news release is available here.

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