January 2015

Search for New Permanent Commissioner of Education Underway

Interim commissioner sworn in

Dianna Roberge-Wentzell being sworn in as interim commissioner of education at the January 7 State Board of Education meeting.

The State Board of Education (SBE), at its January 7 meeting, formally appointed a search committee to find a new commissioner of education to replace former commissioner Stefan Pryor who left his post for a the new position of Secretary of Commerce in Rhode Island.

The SBE also swore in Dianna Roberge-Wentzell as interim commissioner as its first item of business for the new year.

Roberge-Wentzell, who had been serving as the State Department of Education's chief academic officer, will lead the State Department of Education while the search committee carries out its work. While Roberge-Wentzell serves as interim commissioner, Academic Division Director Ellen Cohn will fill in as chief academic officer.

CEA President Sheila Cohen said, "We look forward to working with Dr. Dianna Roberge-Wentzell as the interim state education commissioner. CEA has worked with Dianna on a variety of issues and committees. She has extensive public education experience and she understands the importance of a strong public education system—one that requires the resources students and teachers need to succeed."

Cohen added, "We eagerly await the appointment of a permanent commissioner with a rich and robust background in public education, so we can get down to the long-term collaboration, planning, and teacher leadership that is vital to serving the needs of all Connecticut public school students."

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